The Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) cyber police station and registered a case against unknown persons for leaking the movie Manjhi-The Mountain Man on Thursday evening. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the film’s distributor, approached the police.
A high-definition print with a water mark ‘preview copy’ of the Ketan Mehta-directed biopic on Dashrath Manjhi, a labourer from Bihar who carved a road through a mountain with a hammer and chisel, was leaked online 10 days before its official release (August 21).
Police sources said the actor and a senior executive of the distributing company approached BKC cyber police station a few days ago, but the FIR was registered only on Thursday evening after carrying out a preliminary inquiry.
A senior police official told HT that based on the complaint of the distributor, a case under section 420 of Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Information Technology Act and Copy Right Act, has been registered and the investigation is on.
“We have already started communicating with some website operators to block the sites,” said a senior police officer, adding “The process of identifying the URLs, getting to the source of unauthorised uploading and downloading of the film is a time-consuming process.”
A source said the complainant has stated in the complaint that the movie got leaked in the digital world after a copy was sent to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), but they are not sure at what stage it was leaked and those behind leaking it.
An executive from the distribution company said they have already managed to get a John Doe order (making any sort of piracy in the form of uploading or downloading content from the film liable for action) against all the ISPs (internet service providers).