After ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Great Grand Masti’ leaks online weeks before release

After ‘Udta Punjab’, the prints of upcoming adult comedy ‘Great Grand Masti’ has been leaked online more than two weeks before its release. The Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi starrer film was originally scheduled to release on July 22, almost 16 days later.

The complete film - at 2 hours 14 minutes- was leaked online on Monday, July 4 and the prints can be found on many piracy sites. The makers of the film were shocked and are looking into the matter. With so many days left for the film’s theatrical release, this setback will grievously damage the box-office prospects of ‘Great Grand Masti’.

The film is the third instalment of director Indra Kumar’s ‘Masti’ series which first released over a decade ago in 2003. The female leads of the film include Urvashi Rautela who made her debut with ‘Sanam Re’, Shraddha Das, Mishti, Pooja Bose, Pooja Chopra and ‘Bigg Boss 8’ contestant Sonali Raut.

This is the second Bollywood film to have leaked within a month after Abhishek Chaubey directorial ‘Udta Punjab’. The Shahid Kapoor starrer drug drama was leaked two days ahead of its release on June 17 and the leaked prints had the watermark ‘For censor’ which raised the suspicion that the board was behind the leak.

A report in Hindustan Times quoted a leading trade analyst on condition of anonymity, saying, “The damage to this film would be far greater than ‘Udta Punjab’, as the latter was leaked just a day or two before release, whereas Great Grand Masti is available online a good three weeks before its scheduled date of release. Furthermore, the audience for the sex comedy is the young post-pubescent males who are online all day long. Chances are, Great Grand Masti has lost a sizable chunk of its audience due to the online leak.”