Two days ago, a couple of scenes from Ishaan Khatter and Janhvi Kapoor‘s much awaited film, Dhadak, were leaked online. One of the leaked clips that went instantly viral over the weekend shows Kapoor dressed in a yellow salwar kameez and Khatter in a matching shirt and brown trousers, seated on a river bank. Another set of photos has Janhvi Kapoor wearing a green saree, resembling her late mother, Sridevi. Miffed by the leaks, producer Karan Johar and filmmaker Shashank Khaitan, have taken the decision to do everything to keep the looks of the lead actors under wraps. In line with that decision, reports suggest that Johar has issued a strict no-phone policy on the sets to ensure that no further leaks take place.
Speaking about the issue, an insider from Dharma Productions told Midday, “When the team found out about the leaked videos on Saturday night, it promptly reached out to Instagram Help Centre and managed to pull one of them down. But it was too late to block the other one, as it had been circulated widely by Janhvi and Ishaan’s fan clubs by then. The video was from the Jaipur schedule of Dhadak that took place a few months ago.” Midday quoted another source as saying that while crew members will have to submit their phones before entering the set premises, the makers are also making provisions to ensure that enthusiastic fans are kept afar from the sets and the actors for the current Mumbai schedule.
“Since the film is a remake of Sairat, the plot is already known. So, it is crucial for Shashank to guard the film’s look to keep the mystery around the movie alive. Since many scenes are being shot outdoors, the producers are working on procuring permissions to cordon off the area where they are shooting. After all, the videos in question were leaked by the fans who had queued up on set,” the source told the leading daily. When director Shashank Khaitan was contacted about the same, he said, “It’s unfortunate that people leak footage. We can only do so much to protect our product, but with outdoor schedules, it is difficult for us. Everyone around has a camera phone. Kis kis ko roke? It would be nice if people were more supportive.”