Download Udta Punjab if you want, but wait until Saturday: Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap, one of the producers of Bollywood film Udta Punjab, has a message for the movie's fans. He says you can download the movie from torrent sites, where the same copy of the film that was made available to Censor Board has been leaked by someone. But he appeals that you do so after Saturday.

In a Facebook post Kashyap says that if something is already on internet he can't ask people not to download something.

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"I have never downloaded a film on torrent, I don't know how to... (but) when I say this I also say that no one can stop your right to download a film," he wrote on his Facebook page. "This time it is a different fight, it is a fight against censorship and if you are that audience that always downloads a film, then I won't ask you to not do that, please do, but wait till Saturday which is the day you would normally download a film."

A copy of Udta Punjab, which was shared in advance with Censor board headed by Pahlaj Nihlani, leaked on torrent sites yesterday, two days ahead of the film's release. Usually, the details of leaked copies of Bollywood films reach sites like Torrentz on Saturaday, a day after the film's release.

It is not clear how the copy of the movie was released. Initially Censor Board had to refused to certify the film and had sought 89 cuts. This led to a bitter tussle between the film's makers and Centor Board. Finally, Bombay High Court slammed Censor Board for its stance and ordered it to issue A certificate to the film with just one cut.

There are reports that someone from Censor Board may have released the copy of the film on torrent sites to get back at the makers of the film. Although, Nihlani has told a news channel that the person responsible for the leak has been identified and that the person is not from the Censor Board.

Also Read: Udta Punjab: Court clears film with 1 cut, says it doesn't defame Punjab or encourage drug addiction

Kashyap, in an stance that is different from those of his peers in Bollywood and Hollywood, also says that there is some logic behind piracy.

"Piracy happens because of lack of access and in a world of free internet, I do not have a problem with it. My problem is that this time it is a case of vested interests trying to demoralise people from fighting for their rights. So all downloaders of Udta Punjab , I urge, wait till Saturday till you decide to not pay for the film, don't download and share, curb the curiosity for two more days," he wrote.

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