Mumbai, June 15 : Controversial film “Udta Punjab” was leaked online on Wednesday, two days ahead of its scheduled release in theatres. However, the film’s team managed to remove it online on war footing from torrent sites. (Read: Udta Punjab: Punjab based NGO moves SC challenging Bombay HC order, seeks stay on film) Also Read - Udta Punjab Actor Diljit Dosanjh Finally Unveils Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds Delhi, See Pictures
On Wednesday afternoon, it emerged that the Abhishek Chaubey directorial — which has been in news for the makers’ run-in with the censor board — was available on torrent sites for illegal download. However, soon the download links were “removed due to a copyright complaint”, the websites read. Also Read - Udta Punjab Actor Diljit Dosanjh to Unveil Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds Delhi on Thursday
As per multiple online platforms which had snapshots from the leaked copy, one could say it was a copy of the film submitted to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) as it also featured some scenes which the censor board had objected to. Also Read - Shahid Kapoor Birthday: Padmavat Star Turns 38, Twitterati Wish The 'Cute' Actor On-And-Off Screen Prosperity
There were also reports that the leaked copy had a run-time of two hours 20 minutes. When contacted, a representative of the movie’s makers, told IANS: “No comments.” “Udta Punjab” was in news after the censor board suggested that the makers alter the movie by 89 cuts. Later, it went to the Revising Committe, which brought it down to 13 cuts. However, the Bombay High Court on Monday gave the drug-themed movie a green signal for release after making just one cut and inserting three disclaimers.
The bone of contention for the CBFC was that “Udta Punjab” was showcasing Punjab in a poor light, with a highlight on its festering problem of drugs.“Udta Punjab” stars Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Diljit Dosanjh. Udta Punjab: Punjab based NGO moves SC challenging Bombay HC order, seeks stay on film