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Viacom18 Motion Pictures files complaint with cyber cell over ‘Manjhi’ leak

MUMBAI: Viacom18 Motion Pictures is in damage control mode after its latest film ‘Manjhi – The Mountain Man’ was leaked online just before its theatrical release.

The movie studio has now filed a complaint with the cyber cell of the Mumbai Crime Branch to curtail the leak.

Manjhiposter2Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, the distributor of the film, said they had taken all the required steps for damage control due to its leak.

The film, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, was leaked on digital platforms on 10 August.

Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare told reporters at a screening, “A number of measures have been taken. We’ve got a John Doe order (making any sort of piracy in the form of uploading or downloading content from the film liable for action) against all the ISPs (internet service providers). We’ve also put a complaint in the cyber branch of the Mumbai Police cell. So, this is not just a civil offence but a criminal offence. Besides that, we’re trying to go after the various infringing sites.”

On Thursday, the Mumbai police registered an FIR against unidentified persons for leaking the original preview of the movie. Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) KMM Prasanna told The Indian Express that they had blocked all websites where copies of the film were available. “We are now in the process of locating the IP address from where the movie was first uploaded on the net,” he added.

Talking about the buzz, Andhare further said, “Beyond all this somewhere I feel that this movie and what this movie is all about, will make people feel that they should, perhaps in the right frame of mind, watch it where it’s watched best – the theatres.The leak hasn’t demoralised the company. Despite all the various challenges, we’re very proud to be where we are.”

The Ketan Mehta-directed film is a biopic on Dashrath Manjhi, a Bihari who toiled 22 years to break open a mountain to carve a roadway. The movie hit the screens on Friday.