Though Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s magnum opus Padmaavat received less number of screens due to controversy associated with it, the box office collection is increasing at a rapid pace; Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer is all set to touch the 150 crore mark. Despite some states still continuing with the ban considering the protests against the movie by the Rajput Karni Sena and other fringe groups, the film has turned out to be a huge success at the box office. But it seems that the problems surrounding the film have no end. Now another problem has cropped up; the film has been affected by the online leak and rampant sharing of the file. Also Read - Deepika Padukone all Set For Her Second Hollywood Venture as She Signs With Talent Agency ICM
According to a report in Mid Day, despite the makers procuring a John Doe order (which helps to protect intellectual property rights where the persons are anonymous) from Madras High Court a couple of days ago to prevent any person or entity from infringing the film rights, the film got leaked on the internet. So yesterday, Viacom 18 (co-producer) lodged complaints with the cybercrime cells of Maharashtra, Delhi and Chandigarh. However, the cyber cell has blocked a few IP addresses. Also Read - Did Pathan Director Siddharth Anand Slap His Assistant On Set of The Film? Know The Truth Here
In a statement to Mid Day, the production house’s spokesperson said, “The cyber crime cells across the respective states have been extremely co-operative and have begun a thorough investigation into the matter. We hope that the authorities take strict and immediate action.” Meanwhile, an insider from the cyber cell too revealed, “The officials have been tracking the usual pirates. At some point, they will attempt to make pirated DVDs. The cyber cell has alerted their stringers about it, so they will be nabbed if they try it.” Also Read - Jersey Release Date Out: Shahid Kapoor's Sports Drama To Have Theatrical Release This Diwali
Normally one or two gangs are at play, however, in case of Padmaavat, there are multiple gangs at work. “Padmaavat was uploaded on 35 websites on Torrent and the cyber cell has pulled it down from each of them. Since most of these websites use payment methods, it will be easy to track the source,” the spokesperson added. ALSO READ: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Deepika Padukone Give A Befitting Reply To Swara Bhasker For Her Open Letter On Padmaavat
From Karni Sena protesting vociferously against Padmaavat ever since its announcement, to some states continuing with the ban on Padmaavat release to now the online leak of the film and protests from people who are of an opinion that Padmaavat glorifies the practice of ‘Jauhar’, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film has been mired in a number of controversies and it doesn’t seem to die down. However, the film has not just created history in India but also at the overseas box office.
Well, this is not the first time that a movie has been leaked online. We have encountered such ugly attempts of pirates even in the past. Movies like Udta Punjab, Great Grand Masti, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, to name a few, were leaked a day prior to its release. It’s high time that we watch real entertainment on-screen. Watch this space for further updates.