Leaks were a trend for the entertainment industry in 2012. Some were suspected to be publicity stunts while few were sincerely regretted by the people involved. From Joker's I Want Fakhta You to Skyfall, here a look at the list.
1. Prince Harry's nude pics leaked
Prince Harry, the 28-year-old royal, caused wide-spread controversy in August 2012, when nude photographs of him playing strip billiards with a bevy of beauties were published online.
Prince Harry’s naked pictures gave Las Vegas 14 million pounds worth of free publicity, as the images were seen by 154 million people. According to a report issued by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) the incident has given the city a major tourism boost as the images were seen by an estimated 154 million people. ROYAL CONTROVERSY
2. Kesha’s single leaked online
American singer-songwriter Kesha's track Crazy Kids got an unexpected early exposure on the web on November 27 when it leaked ahead of its scheduled December 4 launch.The song is included on the singer's album Warrior and it treats fans to a low-key, guitar-laden work. Crazy Kids kicks off with a mellow and unassuming whistle, which then seamlessly transitions to the acoustic guitar riffs of the song and Kesha's Nashville-sounding country vocals. FULL STORY
3. Kalki-Prosenjit's liplock in Shanghai leaked online
Kalki and Bengali superstar Prosenjit Roy shot for an intense kissing sequence in Shanghai. The scene was leaked online in April 2012. FULL COVERAGE
4. James Bond theme song Skyfall
The James Bond theme song Skyfall the new 007 movie Skyfall was leaked in October this year. The song was scheduled to premiere on the singer's website on October 5, which has been declared Global James Bond Day. MORE ON SKYFALL
A French magazine published topless pictures of Prince William's wife Kate Middleton in September 2012, in a move met with dismay by the royal couple. Announcing a world exclusive, Closer magazine invited readers, via its website, to pick up the new edition. FULL STORY
6. Mika’s new song Ishq ki maa ki leaked
Singer Mika Singh’s song Ishq Ki Maa Ki, from director Amit Kasaria’s debut film I Don’t Love You, was leaked in July. The song became quite a rage in Uttar Pradesh. The makers later filed a complaint with the Mumbai Cyber Crime branch against DJ Srajan, but he refused to plug the leak. “I heard about it last week and called Srajan for an explanation.
The song was removed from the internet after the complaint was filed.
Chitrangada Singh’s Item number in Akshay Kumar’s Joker was leaked online on July 11. The leaked version I want Fakhta you, was later re-dubbed and the lyrics were changed to I Want Just You before its official release.
While tweeple are going overboard discussing the song, director Shirish Kunder's wife Farah Khan is shocked. "What the ±#¥k !!just found out that our Joker song has bn leaked on youtube!! Will get a heart attack 2day 4 sure!!" wrote Farah Khan on Twitter. MORE ON JOKER
8. Shirtless Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg found himself at the centre of controversies early in August this year when he accidently posted his own shirtless photo on the social networking site.
According to TMZ, "the photo was accidentally uploaded publicly on Facebook by Facebook Director of Engineering Andrew Bosworth and deleted 'seconds later'. But someone took the grab and the image surfaced on the image-sharing site imgur." MORE ON FACEBOOK FOUNDER ZUCKERBERG
9. Shanghai scenes leaked
Some portions of filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee’s film Shanghai were leaked on a popular blogging site on early this year.
Dibakar Banerjee said the two-minute clip must have been captured by someone in Jaipur, where the director held a special preview of the film in early December last year. MORE ON SHANGHAI
10. Mia Uyeda’s love-making scenes in Blood Money
Excerpts from Mahesh Bhatt’s film Blood Money were leaked in February. The leaked video had a love-making scene between actors, Kunal Khemu and VJ-turned-actor Mia Uyeda. Director Mahesh Bhatt was upset with the developments and said, “I am upset that this is being called a leak from our end to get attention. It goes against the profile of our film.”
The leak triggered an online storm and speculations were rife that Blood Money might be similar to Murder. The speculations, however, were proved void as the movie was nothing close to Murder.