Baahubali 2 footage leaked, graphic designer arrested 

Makers swing into action as investigation reveals a mole in Annapurna Studios.

Mayur Lookhar

Baahubali 2 makers had a scare when footage from their upcoming film found its way on YouTube. The makers quickly swung into action blocking the five-minute footage.  

As soon as the footage appeared online, producer Y Shobhanadri lodged a complaint and also asked his team to find out how the leak happened.

After looking at the footage, Shobhanadri realised that the leak could only have had happened at Annapurna Studios, where the footage was given for design work.

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The investigation by the cyber cell team in Hyderabad led to the home of one Krishan Dayanand Chowdary, a trainee graphic designer working at Annapurna Studios. Chowdary had stolen footage totalling nine minutes from the server. 

"The producer's team also found out that Krishna Dayanand Chowdary, a trainee graphic designer working at the Annapurna Studios stole the footage by logging into the server," ACP Cyber Crimes, Hyderabad commissionerate, KCS Raghu Vir told Times of India newspaper.

The police seized Chowdary's computer, his cellphone and a pen drive. The accused then confessed that he logged into the computer server at the graphics design unit of Annapurna Studios on Monday afternoon and copied a six-minute audio-visual footage of the movie into his pen drive.

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Based on his confession, the police registered a case against Chowdary under Sections 43 (b), 66 of the IT Act and Section 63 of the Copyright Act.

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the sequel to the blockbuster Baahubali: The Beginning. The second film is scheduled to release on 28 April 2017.

Piracy remains the biggest challenge for Indian filmmakers and producers. Early this year, several films fell prey to piracy, following which filmmakers have been keeping tight vigil on the pre-release activities.