Udta Punjab controversy that was raging for so long has today got a new lease of life with the SC saying that it will hear a plea seeking a stay on the release of the movie. The SC declined the plea, but allowed the petitioner NGO to approach Punjab & Haryana HC where petition is pending, who in turn also gave the same decision. Later Anurag Kashyap, one of the producers of the movie, requested his followers on Facebook to wait till Saturday before they download a pirated copy.
A Jalandhar-based NGO had petitioned the SC against a Mumbai High court order, which directed the CBFC to release the film with one cut. While vulnarabilty has plagued the movie, one day before the release of the film and a day after its online leak, here is what’s happening:
9: 20 pm: I hope all Indians take a pledge nt to watch pirated copy of #UdtaPunjab .Let’s all protest & c this film only in theaters. @anuragkashyap72, Rahul Mehra tweeted
7: 40 pm: Investigators have obtained “some leads” in the online leakage case of Bollywood movie “Udta Punjab”, a senior police officer said today, a day after the film producer lodged a complaint with the cyber crime cell.
“A team of our cyber cell experts is working on the case. Very soon we will find out the people responsible for illegally releasing the video online. Legal action will be initiated against whosoever is found guilty,” Mumbai Police spokesperson Ashoke Dudhe said.
6: 15 pm: But if it’s not censored copy then piracy is an issue we’ve been fighting against for very long: Aamir Khan on #UdtaPunjab
6:11 pm: If it is a censored copy that has leaked, it’s a big shame for CBFC: Actor Aamir Khan
5:25 pm: Swapnil Deshpande @swapnildesh,”This whole #UdtaPunjab thing is looking like a well planned film promotion!”
5:00 pm: Aamir Khan says,”I think HC’s decision on #UdtaPunjab is right, we all are eagerly waiting for its release.” (Courtesy: ANI)
4:50 pm: Vrinda Varnekar @vrinda_varnekar,”What difference is a day going to make? I know it’s hard, but PLEASE CAN WE NOT download #UdtaPunjab? Theatres ftw! #UdtaPunjabLeaked.”
4:45 pm: Kaleja Fry @indianwhale,”CBFC did what @anuragkashyap72 wanted: allow everyone to watch #UdtaPunjab. Owing to the leak, no one will be spared. #UdtaPunjabLeaked.”
4:40 pm: “I have never downloaded a film on torrent, i don’t know how to. yes occasionally i have seen downloaded films borrowed from friends and found a way to pay for them later, by buying them on DVD or blurray, and when i say this i also say that no one can stop your right to download a film. This time its a different fight, its a fight against censorship and if you are that audience that always downloads a film, then i won’t ask you to not do that , please do, but wait till saturday which is the day you would normally download a film. Piracy happens because of lack of access and in a world of free internet, i do not have a problem with it. My problem is that this time its a case of vested interests trying to demoralise people from fighting for their rights. So all downloaders of Udta Punjab , i urge, wait till saturday till you decide to not pay for the film, don’t download and share , curb the curiosity for two more days. Thank you for reading this”, Anurag Kashyap posted on facebook.
4:30 pm: Akshat Khandelwal @akshat_khan,”So with all the publicity and censor-free release, #UdtaPunjab is set to have its cake and eat it too!”
4:23 pm: Even the reviews are out now. Pirated copy with CBFC stamp available in torrents.
Ishan Awasthi @thebatdotcom,”#UdtaPunjab movie release hone se pehle reviews release ho gye… #UdtaPunjabLeaked.”
4:15 pm: Shiv Aroor@ShivAroor,”No defending piracy, but would bet my last buck most people in/associated with #UdtaPunjab watch/have watched pirated TV shows or movies.”
4:00 pm: The man has spoken. Anurag Kashyap wrote of his profile on Facebook, “I have never downloaded a film on torrent, i don’t know how to. yes occasionally i have seen downloaded films borrowed from friends and found a way to pay for them later, by buying them on DVD or blurray, and when i say this i also say that no one can stop your right to download a film. This time its a different fight, its a fight against censorship and if you are that audience that always downloads a film, then i won’t ask you to not do that , please do, but wait till saturday which is the day you would normally download a film. Piracy happens because of lack of access and in a world of free internet, i do not have a problem with it. My problem is that this time its a case of vested interests trying to demoralise people from fighting for their rights. So all downloaders of Udta Punjab , i urge, wait till saturday till you decide to not pay for the film, don’t download and share , curb the curiosity for two more days. Thank you for reading this.”
3:48 pm: “UdtaPunjab reflects the reality of Punjab, hope everyone sees it and understands.” Capt Amarinder Singh(Congress) said. (Courtesy: ANI)
3:32 pm: “This is baseless,we abide by rules,” says PahlajNihalani on allegation that UdtaPunjab leaked online by CBFC (Courtesy: ANI)
3:24 pm: Kiran Rao calls #UdtaPunjab verdict ‘mature’; says that the film getting leaked is ‘heartbreaking’. (Courtesy: Bollywood Hungama)
3:19 pm: cinetimes @cinetimes_in,”After being leaked in torrents now #UdtaPunjab available in DVD’s in #Mumbai hours before actual release of the film..shocking.”
3:15 pm: Dear @Babla_bla_bla,”Its not #UdtaPunjabLeaked. Its #UdtaPunjab leached. Watch in cinemas. #PiracyDiMaaDi”
3:11 pm: Anil Bahl @_anilbahl,”#UdtaPunjab Whao! Master stroke of BJP. Censor out, Certification in. Drugs Out, Punjab In. Akali Out, BJP In. What say U??Cut & Bleep Out?”
3:04 pm: The Delhi Diaries. @anuragsupadhyay,”Happiness is when you you’ll be able to get the ticket which you wish for. #UdtaPunjab.”
2: 56 pm: Court said film does not show Punjab in bad light,neither is it anti-women: Sanjay Kaushal,Counsel for film makers. (Source PTI)
2:49 pm: Court said film does not show Punjab in bad light,neither is it anti-women: Sanjay Kaushal,Counsel for film makers. (Courtesy: ANI)
2:45 pm: Punjab and Haryana HC has dismissed petition and said there is nothing wrong in #UdtaPunjab film: Sanjay Kaushal,Counsel for film makers. (Courtesy: ANI)
2:31 pm: Aamir Khan writes, “Let’s support free speech. Let’s watch Udta Punjab only in theatres. Don’t let pirates and piracy win. Love. a.”
2:15 pm: KRK @kamaalrkhan, “Means #UdtaPunjab has been leaked on net by one of the staff of producers only or it’s a publicity stunt by Anurag kashyap himself.”
2:00 pm: Diljit Dosanjh@diljitdosanjh,”#UdtaPunjab Releasing Tomorrow ? SOLD OUT SOLD OUT Morning ton Ley Ke Night Tak De Shows Sold out”
1:50 pm: cheenikum @ashokbagariya, “#udtapunjab SC says drug addicts dont use foul language – the language in the movie is very very obscene.”
1:33 pm: Reena Bose @BoseReena: “Now all the (so called) well wisher of Punjab should relax now, take a deep breath and watch #UdtaPunjab”
1:27 pm: Raajeev @Raajeev_romi, “Supreme Court refuses to stay release of #UdtaPunjab but allows petitioner NGO to approach Punjab & Haryana HC.”
1:24 pm: SC refuses to interfere Bombay HC order and has allowed the release of the movie with only one cut. (Courtesy: ANI)
1:01 pm: Amit Anand Choudhary @amitanandTOI, “#UdtaPunjab SC indicates that there is limited scope for its intervention in the case as Bombay HC order clearing film is not available.”
12:45 pm: Producers of the movie said that film has been released overseas, pleads the court not to put on a stay on release.
12:29 pm: Rohit Singh Raikwar @RohitRaikwar, “wow All the Torrent of #UdtaPunjab is now removed..”
12:15 pm: Bollywood Hungama@Bollyhungama ,”It’s not piracy; it’s a THEFT”: @Varun_dvn-Sajid Nadiadwala react STRONGLY to #UdtaPunjab getting leaked.”
12:05 pm: Silverscreen.in @silverscreenin, “Shyam Benegal suggests ‘A/C’ category for films after #UdtaPunjab controversy.”
12:01 pm: Totally Frank. @Franktastic8, “Irony!! An NGO called ‘Human Rights Awareness Association’ seeks stay on a film creating awareness abt drug menace. #paidNGO ? #UdtaPunjab”
11:55 am: Amit Anand Choudhary @amitanandTOI, “SC to hear plea against #UdtaPunjab at 12:45 pm, Court says it would pass order only after hearing arguments of producers of the film.”
11:40 am: Bahadur @my2bit, “Anurag Kashyap has managed to create a “sympathy wave” of sorts for #UdtaPunjab. Regulars of Torrents are begging you to watch it in theatre.”
11: 27 am: Amit Anand Choudhary @amitanandTOI, #UdtaPunjab certificate issued by CBFC, interestingly it says ‘passed by HC, Mumbai.’ ”
10:55 am : Diljit Dosanjh writes on twitter, “Tomorrow Worldwide…..”.
10:50 am : Hearing in Supreme court adjourned as order of Bombay High Court was not placed before SC Bench. (Courtesy : ANI)
10:40 am : SC agrees to hear today plea of Punjab-based NGO seeking stay on release of film ‘Udta Punjab. (Courtesy: ANI)
9.30 am: Udta Punjab actor Diljit Dosanjh said, “People should watch and then judge. After watching it if they say, ‘We didn’t like this’ or ‘It doesn’t show things in good light’ then the producers are going nowhere you can get hold of them.”