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Dishoom makers submit encrypted copies, acquire court order to combat piracy

The producers have taken some serious steps to combat the recent 'leaks' of films before release, and have also acquired a John Doe order from the High Court. 

Shriram Iyengar

When Rajinikanth cannot prevent his Kabali from being leaked onto the internet, you know you have a serious problem on your hand. To avoid meeting the same fate, the makers of Varun Dhawan-John Abraham starrer Dishoom have taken out a John Doe order from the Bombay High Court. 

After submitting their copy to the censor board, producer Sajid Nadiadwala approached the High Court to get a John Doe order for the film. The order will direct all internet service providers and websites to ensure that no illegal copy or download of the film is available on their platforms. Such actions might result in legal consequences. The Hindi film producers association has expressed unanimous support for this move. 

In the last couple of months, films like Udta Punjab, Great Grand Masti, Sultan and Kabali have suffered at the hands of online pirates. The availability of the 'Censor Copy' on the internet gave rise to suspicions that the leak is emanating from within the CBFC itself. In view of these incidents, the CBFC chairman, Pahlaj Nihalani, had announced that the board will stop accepting DVDs. The films will now have to be submitted in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) with a Key Delivery Package (KDP). The makers of Dishoom have also submitted a password-encrypted copy of the film, making it the first film to be submitted in this format. 

Considering the huge losses suffered by the makers of Great Grand Masti and Udta Punjab, this move seems like a step in the right direction for Dishoom, and films that follow. 

Dishoom is directed by Rohit Dhawan and stars John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Akshaye Khanna. The film releases on 29 July.