Producers of drug-themed drama Udta Punjab, slated for Friday release, on Wednesday lodged a complaint with cyber police alleging that the film was leaked online. In their compliant lodged with the cyber crime police in Bandra, they stated the film was uploaded before its release by some unidentified persons.
Police are tracing the IP address through which the movie was allegedly uploaded, an official said without elaborating. The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh.
Additional commissioner of police (Crime) KMM Prasanna confirmed the news. Sources said the complaint was filed under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and under various sections of the Copyright Act. The FIR was filed by Satyajeet Mukharjee from Phantom Films Pvt Ltd.
On Wednesday afternoon, it emerged that the Abhishek Chaubey directorial -- which has been in news for the makers’ run-in with the censor board -- was available on torrent sites for illegal download. However, soon the download links were “removed due to a copyright complaint”, the websites read.
As per multiple online platforms which had snapshots from the leaked copy, one could say it was a copy of the film submitted to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) as it also featured some scenes which the censor board had objected to.
There were also reports that the leaked copy had a run-time of two hours 20 minutes. Scheduled to hit the screens on June 17, Udta Punjab has been allowed to release with one cut and A certificate by the Bombay high court .
(With inputs from agencies)