Unless you were living under a rock, you’d know about the entire Udta Punjab online leak controversy. Just two days before its official release, the much debated film had leaked online and had left makers bewildered. The copy of the film that leaked was a ‘for Censor’ copy and there were huge speculations that Nihalani and the Censor Board had a role to play in the film’s leak. But Nihalani has now talked about the entire issue, stating that he’s not even going to dignify it with a response.
He said, “First of all, I am a producer myself. I know what it feels like to lose substantial revenue due to piracy. And secondly, it would be outrageous and stupid of me to do something like that. To even dignify this allegation with a response is beneath me.”
He also added that the filmmakers should be more careful and handle the Censor copies with better care, “Makers should restrict people who handle and travel with the censor copy of their films. And just because the copy is marked for us at the CBFC, it doesn’t mean we are answerable if it gets waylaid.”
Meanwhile, in other news, Pahlaj Nihalani has sued socialite Suhel Seth for comparing him to a bulldog. Yes, that happened!
Pahlaj is contemplating strong legal action against him for calling him the ‘biggest dolt’ and a ‘bulldog having breathing issues’ in his column in a Mumbai tabloid. Nihalani added, “Under normal circumstances, I’d have ignored these comments. Who takes Suhel seriously? But my wife and family feel the gentleman has crossed the line of decency. It’s one thing for him to criticise my work and films, totally something else to make such derogatory personal remarks. Is this the freedom of speech we so want to protect and preserve in our country?” He also said that he’s certainly taking a legal action against him, “My lawyer is looking at the strongest possible legal action against Mr Seth. He needs to be told that there is a difference between constructive criticism which I am all for, and vilification. I am surprised the newspaper in question allowed such language to be used.”