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Udta Punjab Releases. 'Don't Support Piracy,' Say Fans at Theatres

"Being from filmmaking background, I came here to support this film to watch it first day first show. Two days ago there was a pirated print floating around. I don't support piracy first of all. I am going to watch this movie and also going to ask all my friends to watch it in theatres only," said a cinegoer on Friday outside a film theatre in Mumbai.

  | June 17, 2016 16:42 IST (New Delhi)
Udta Punjab

A still from the film Udta Punjab

Highlights

  • Udta Punjab, which was leaked online two days ago, released today
  • Moviegoers came out to support the film in theatres
  • Celebs too campaigned against piracy on social media
The embattled drug drama Udta Punjab released today after being greenlit by the courts. Two days ago, a leaked copy of the film found its way online and today, on big Friday, cine-goers in Mumbai said they were at theatres to support Udta Punjab against piracy.
"Being from filmmaking background, I came here to support this film to watch it first day first show. Two days ago there was a pirated print floating around. I don't support piracy first of all. I am going to watch this movie and also going to ask all my friends to watch it in theatres only," said a Mumbaikar at PVR Juhu theatre.
Udta Punjabhas released with a single court-ordered cut, after the producers appealed against some 89-odd edits demanded by the Censor Board, including the deleting of all references to Punjab.
"It is very disappointing when Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) which is only supposed to certify the films is actually censoring it and cutting it. As a filmmaker we put all our efforts and we want to show what we have visualized but there are certain people who are not letting us put the film as it is shot. Editing the film itself changes the story of the film, so you lose the plot and that is not how the film was supposed to be made," said the audience member at the Mumbai theatre.
"I still believe there are many more challenges because recently another film Haramkhor directed by Anurag's (Kashyap) assistant is stalled with the Censor Board. So the issue is going to be there but still with this film, since the battle was fought in the court, I still believe that there is a hope," he added.
 

Udta Punjab, directed by Abhishek Chaubey, deals with Punjab's drug problem. It stars Shahid Kapoor as an addicted rocker, Alia Bhatt as a Bihari migrant, Kareena Kapoor as a doctor and Diljit Dosanjh as a cop. The film has been co-produced by Ekta Kapoor's Balaji Productions and Phantom Films, whose co-owner Anurag Kashyap spearheaded the battle to release the film in its entirety. After the leaked version of the film made headlines, Mr Kashayp made an impassioned appeal on Facebook:
 
 
 

Shahid, Alia and celebs like Aamir Khan and Priyanka Chopra also urged people to watch the film in theatres.
"I am not sure whether it was a CBFC copy. But if it's a censor copy then it's a shame on CBFC, it reflects very badly on them. Piracy is an issue, which we all have been fighting for a very long time. I am quite excited about the film and eagerly waiting for it. It's a good decision by the Bombay High Court. I will be watching it here because I am shooting now," Aamir Khan told reporters in a press conference in Ludhiana.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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