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Udta Punjab leak: No link to CBFC from initial arrest


The cyber crimes cell of the Mumbai police arrested the owner of a torrent site for leaking a censor copy of the film two days before its theatrical release.

Mayur Lookhar

Pahlaj Nihalani had vowed full cooperation with the police to help investigate the source of the leak of Udta Punjab online just two days before its theatrical release across India last week. The needle of suspicion was pointing towards the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), headed by Nihalani, as the leaked copy bore the 'for censor' mark. But the first arrest made in the case has not revealed any link with the CBFC at least as yet.

The cyber crimes cell of the Mumbai police arrested the owner of torrent site allmoviez.in from New Delhi on Wednesday. The man was identified as Dilip Kumar. 

"The complainant was informed that the said movie was leaked on internet on two separate links of website of Torrent.com. On downloading the movie it was revealed that the first censor copy was stolen and uploaded on Torrent.com by user robby007,” a Mumbai police statement said.

As soon as the leaked copy went online, the producers of the film, including Anurag Kashyap, had swung into action to get it blocked. 

The film was cleared after a bruising battle with the CBFC which was ultimately settled by the Bombay high court, which ruled in favour of free expression and imposed just one cut on the film as against the 89 sought by the board.

The film has since fared quite well at the box office, having collected Rs41 crore net in five days. The numbers would undoubtedly have been more impressive if the film hadn't been leaked online before its release.