The Udta Punjab online leak has left many baffled, wondering how the movie got leaked in the first place! Although allegations for the leak were being made on the Censor Board itself, considering it was ‘for censor’ copy, nothing has been proved yet. Headed by Joint Secretary Sanjay Murthy, an I&B Ministry team visited the CBFC office to probe the matter.
Headed by Joint Secretary Sanjay Murthy, said the visit was in the wake of reports that a censor copy of Udta Punjab was leaked by the Board two days before the film’s release.
An Information & Broadcasting Ministry team, headed by Joint Secretary Sanjay Murthy, reached the office of Central Board of Film Certification, headed by Pahlaj Nihalani, on Friday. The visit was following reports that a copy of the Abhishek Chaubey directed Udta Punjab had been leaked on Wednesday, two days before the film’s theatrical release, from the CBFC office. The makers worked overnight to remove it from all available Torrent sites which are used to download films. The leak is already under investigation by the Mumbai Police with a case registered under the Copyright and Information Technology Act.
According to sources, Murthy and senior CBFC officials were holed up at the CBFC headquarters in Mumbai for a long time. The Ministry in Delhi maintains that no formal probe has been initiated and the visit was to assess facts. “We have not instituted any formal enquiry,” a senior official from the Ministry told Mirror on condition of anonymity.
Nihalani meanwhile has dismissed allegations that a Censor Board member is behind the leak. “The leaked copy is not the one submitted to the Censor Board for examination. We will cooperate with the investigation,” the Chairperson asserted. But Nihalni’s bete noire within the Board, Ashoke Pandit, had told reporters that he is sure the film was leaked by someone within the Board. He also alleged that the timing of the leak is one of the biggest clues.
“Had the High Court judgement been in favour of the board’s cuts, I am sure this leak would not have happened. When a producer hands over the censor copy it becomes the responsibility of the CBFC to ensure that it doesn’t go anywhere,” he said, adding that as head of the Board Nihalani should be held responsible for the leak.
With inputs from TOI.