‘Udta Punjab’ leaked online; makers file complaint with cyber police

Shahid Kapoor starrer film 'Udta Punjab' was leaked online, ahead of its release on Friday, June 17. The makers of the film on drug abuse have lodged a complaint with the cyber-crime cell of Mumbai Police alleging that some unidentified persons have uploaded the movie on the Internet.

Police are tracing the IP address through which the movie was allegedly uploaded, an official said without revealing further details.

The footage that was available for illegal download on several platforms had ‘for censor’ written on the top left corner. The makers believe that the leaked copy was the one that was submitted to the censor board, which raised the suspicion that the board was behind the leak. The leaked footage also included the only scene that the Bombay High Court ordered the filmmakers to delete.

The download links were later "removed due to a copyright complaint," after the producers of the film filed a complaint with the police.

Reports said that the leaked copy had a run-time of two hours 20 minutes.

‘Udta Punjab’ was locked in a bitter battle with the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which had asked for 89 cuts in the film for obtaining a certificate. The board’s revising committee later brought it down to 13 cuts. The matter went to the Bombay High Court which allowed the release of the film with just one cut and modifications in the disclaimer.

The CBFC’s contention was that the film projected Punjab in a bad light by highlighting the issue of drug abuse in the state.

‘Udta Punjab’ has been directed by Abhishek Chaubey and co-produced by Phantom Films and Balaji Motion Pictures. It also stars Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor and Diljit Dosanjh.