Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, lead actors of Udta Punjab, among other celebrities from Bollywood have urged their fans not to waste two years of their hard work by watching the pirated version of the film and instead watch it only in the theatres.
Guys please please do not waste 2 years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears.. Please watch #UdtaPunjab in only in theatres..— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) June 15, 2016
It's a genuine request from the bottom of my heart. That's all I can say. Until then see you at the theatres #piracydimaadi— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) June 15, 2016
Shahid, who will be seen playing a rockstar named Tommy Singh in the film, also tweeted.
Blood and sweat of many in this film. It's been your battle as much as ours. Now is the time you can show it. Watch UdtaPunjab in theatres— Shahid Kapoor (@shahidkapoor) June 15, 2016
The controversial film Udta Punjab was leaked online on Wednesday, two days ahead of its scheduled release in theatres. The Abhishek Chaubey directorial -- which has been in news for the makers’ run-in with the censor board -- was available on torrent websites for illegal download.
However, soon the download links were “removed due to a copyright complaint”.
Visibly upset with the online leaks, Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Sonakshi Sinha requested people to head to the theatres to watch Udta Punjab, based on drug abuse in the Indian state of Punjab.
Here’s what tinsel town celebrities had to say:
Viruses in the Udta Punjab online leaked links that crashes systems !!!What a way to fight this disgusting menace !!! #PiracyDiMaaDi'— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) June 15, 2016
Shocking how #UdtaPunjab has been leaked online. That too a censor copy. A lot of hard work goes into making a film pls say NO to piracy!— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) June 16, 2016
Movie theatres r filled with dreams and entertainment,don't kill them ! say no to piracy #UdtaPunjab at a theatre near u 😊✌️— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) June 16, 2016
Films are made with the hard work & passion of everyone involved in creating them. Please don't support piracy.— Shraddha Kapoor (@ShraddhaKapoor) June 16, 2016