After Udta Punjab and Great Grand Masti were leaked online prior to their release, the makers of John Abraham-Varun Dhawan-Jacuqline Fernandez-starrer Dishoom plan to combat the threat of piracy. They submitted an encrypted copy of the film to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and have sought high court’s intervention to ensure the film is not leaked before it hits theatres.
Prominent Hindi film producers and studio representatives met last week to discuss the issue. “The producers of John Abraham and Varun Dhawan-starrer ‘Dishoom’ are in the process of obtaining ‘John Doe’ order (order against anonymous entities) from the Bombay high court, directing Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Telecom Operators and other platforms to ensure that any illegal content from ‘Dishoom’ is not made available on their services,” Mukesh Bhatt, President of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India, said in a statement here.
He further said, “This issue should not be treated in isolation as piracy for films, but the sheer impunity and brazenness with which this illegality is being propounded indicates a structured attempt to damage the industry on the whole and should be considered as a serious threat.”
“We require the highest level of probe from the intelligence services of the country and even an intervention by the Prime Minister,” he added.
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According to a Mid Day report, Dishoom was submitted in an encrypted format to the censor board when they sought the CBFC’s approval. The report said filmmakers usually pay Rs 34,000 to the CBFC for certification of the films apart from shelling out Rs 3000 for food and beverages for the Board members at the screening. “Earlier, films were submitted on DVD, which was cheap. Now the DCP-KDM format will cost the producer Rs 20,000 extra,” Bhatt said.
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