Piracy is a parasite which breeds in close quarters of the film industry and then feeds on it. The fight against the unfair practice is age old and the latest victim of it is Akshay Kumar’s upcoming movie ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’.
The movie was reportedly leaked on Friday and the revelation came through the choreographer and director Remo D’Souza. He told Indiatimes that a gym trainer in his building informed about possessing a pen drive with a copy of ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ which is set to release in August.
My building’s gym trainer, Vithal, came up to me and said that he had a pen drive which has the first half of Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. I thought he was joking, but he insisted that I believe him. I immediately told him to bring it to me. I opened up the pen drive and almost fell off from my chair. It was not the first half, but the entire second half.
Understanding the graveness of the situation he immediately informed the makers of the movie. The Indian Express quoted Remo D’Souza saying,
Then I called up Prerna Arora, the producer, told her about the situation, Director Shree Narayan Singh came and collected the pen drive from me. They will be taking legal action against piracy, and I will talk to Akshay sir once he is back.
Akshay Kumar has also reacted to the unfortunate development. He took to social media to urge his fans to fight piracy.
Just wanted to share this with you all… pic.twitter.com/jxQu9GlEMv
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 21, 2017
The proactive approach of the makers has been able to get the situation under control. The producer of ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha,’ Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment, has said in an official statement,
There have been reports of my film Toilet- Ek Prem Katha having leaked online. I would like to assure my well-wishers and colleagues not to worry as everything’s under control. Someone tried to create mischief, but thanks to the crime branch, it’s all under control.
In the recent past, ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘Great Grand Masti’ also fell victim to piracy. The much awaited ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ is a comedy-drama which is set to release on August 11 this year.