CBFC chief expresses concern over reports of Kabali leak

Updated on Jul 18, 2016 06:53 PM IST

Actor Rajinikanth’s upcoming film Kabali is rumoured to have found its way to the internet. The Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani says he is concerned about these leaks.

Actor Rajinikanth’s film, Kabali, hits the screens on July 22, 2016.(Viral Bhayani)
Actor Rajinikanth’s film, Kabali, hits the screens on July 22, 2016.(Viral Bhayani)
Hindustan Times | BySubhash K Jha, New Delhi

Has the latest Rajinikanth-starrer been beaten to the theatres by the online pirates? According to reports, there are several links being provided to view the film in the Dark Web (overlay networks that use the public internet but require specific software, configurations or authorisation to access), that is set for a July 22 release.

Says a source linked to the production, “We’ve contacted the authorities to pull down all these unauthorised links to the film.” While trying to keep the matter as hushed as possible to prevent more leakage, the film’s makers are making a plea to Rajinikanth’s fans to not watch the film. Even Salman’s film Sultan was leaked online. Recently, censor board copies of Udta Punjab and Great Grand Masti were leaked online before their release.

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A movie still from the film, Kabali.
A movie still from the film, Kabali.

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When quizzed about the leaks, Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani expressed grave concern over big films being leaked online. “They have not spared Rajinikanth either! Kabali was censored in Chennai, so it had nothing to do with our office in Mumbai. Earlier there was Salman Khan’s Sultan. I don’t think collections of films with iconic stars will get affected by the leakage. It is the smaller films featuring non-A-listers which get hit by the leakage. Great Grand Masti is a case in point.”

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