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CBFC submits evidence in defence of Great Grand Masti leak


The board provides concrete evidence to police, says Great Grand Masti leak could have happened during post-production phase.

Mayur Lookhar

It would be naive to call it passing the buck, but the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) had an image to protect after regular leaks of films bearing the 'For Censor' watermark

The Pahal Nihalani-led CBFC has submitted evidence to the cyber police claiming innocence amidst various fingers pointing towards it over the regular online leak of films in the last couple of months. 

The makers of Great Grand Masti were livid when their film was leaked three weeks before its scheduled release, forcing the makers to advance their release date. That didn't have any effect as the film tanked at the box-office. Director Indra Kumar and his cast even held a press conference blaming piracy for the film's loss. 

Following a complaint by Great Grand Masti makers, the CBFC had vowed to cooperate in the investigation. As seen before, the leaked copy bears a 'for censor’ watermark. Thus it was often felt that the leak happened from the corridors of the CBFC. However, time and again, the board has vehemently denied any wrongdoing on its part.

In a report on Bollywood Hungama, an anonymous CBFC member has defended the board stoutly. As per this source, the copy received by CBFC for certification was of 133 minutes in length. After the CBFC refused certification for the A rated film, Indra Kumar had approached the tribunal to get his film cleared.  Buzz has it that after clearance, the tribunal had trimmed the duration to 127 minutes. According to the source, the leaked copy which went online had a playing time of 134 minutes. Although, the leaked copy carried the 'for censor' mark, the official has alleged that this watermark was planted on the copy, perhaps during the post-production stage.

We tried contacting Great Grand Masti director Indra Kumar, but he didn’t respond to our calls or text.