Ra­jinikanth’s next leaked on­line; CBFC chief shows con­cern

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

Has the lat­est Ra­jinikanth­star­rer been beaten to the the­atres by the on­line pi­rates? Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, there are sev­eral links be­ing pro­vided to view the film in the Dark Web (over­lay net­works that use the pub­lic In­ter­net but re­quire spe­cific soft­ware, con­fig­u­ra­tions or au­tho­ri­sa­tion to ac­cess), that is set for a July 22 re­lease.

Says a source linked to the pro­duc­tion, “We’ve con­tacted the au­thor­i­ties to pull down all these unau­tho­rised links to the film.” While try­ing to keep the mat­ter as hushed as pos­si­ble to pre­vent more leak­age, the film’s mak­ers are mak­ing a plea to Ra­jini­janth’s fans to not watch the film. Even Salman’s film Sul­tan was leaked on­line. Re­cently, cen­sor board copies of Udta Pun­jab and Great Grand Masti were leaked on­line be­fore their re­lease.

When quizzed about the leaks, Cen­sor Board chief Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani ex­pressed grave con­cern over big films be­ing leaked on­line. “They have not spared Ra­jinikanth ei­ther! Kabali was cen­sored in Chennai, so it had noth­ing to do with our of­fice in Mum­bai. Ear­lier there was Salman Khan’s Sul­tan. I don’t think col­lec­tions of films with iconic stars will get af­fected by the leak­age. It is the smaller films fea­tur­ing non-Alis­ters which get hit by the leak­age. Great Grand Masti is a case in point.”

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