‘Dishoom’ submitted to CBFC in encrypted format to prevent leak before release

In a preventive measure against online leaks, the upcoming film ‘Dishoom’ has decided to submit its copy in encrypted format to the censor board for certification. The step comes after ‘Udta Punjab’, Great Grand Masti’ and ‘Sultan’ found their way on Internet before their scheduled theatrical release in the recent past.

It is said that the leaked prints of the films had the watermark ‘For censor’ written, which raised the suspicion that the copy sent to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was leaked online.  Following the leak, the CBFC was also considering to accept movies in DCP-KDM format, instead of DVDs, for certification.

DCP or Digital Cinema Package is the digital equivalent of a film print, packaged on a hard-drive for playback on a Digital Cinema server system. A KDM (Key Delivery Message) is a special electronic key that contains a code to 'unlock' an encrypted film. The encryption prevents films from being stolen and duplicated, but the filmmakers have to an additional cost for the format.

The Varun Dhawan and John Abraham starrer action-adventure flick is the first film to be submitted to censor board in DCP-KDM format.

"We are grateful to CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani and the entire board for taking this initiative. I am going to put this up before the Indian Film and Television Producers Council and tell them about the safety of this system," producer Sajid Nadiadwala was quoted as saying in a report.

‘Dishoom’ makers are also in the process of obtaining the John Doe order from the Bombay High Court. It will direct to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecom operators and other platforms to ensure that any illegal content from ‘Dishoom’ is not made available on their services, according to a statement issued by Film and Television Producers Guild of India.

Directed by Rohit Dhawan, ‘Dishoom’ is slated to hit screens on July 29.