All the talks of foolproof system to curb piracy by CBFC chief Pehlaj Nihalani went in dust, when the shocking news of RAAZ REBOOT – the fourth installment of Mahesh Bhatt's RAAZ film series directed by Vikram Bhatt starring Emraan Hashmi and Kriti Kharbanda in the lead roles got leaked online.
Scheduled for a worldwide release on 16 September, Bollywood's oldest franchise and Mahesh Bhatt's favourite pet reportedly got leaked online three days before its release. This made the people associated with the film emotional and making all attempts on social media urging audience to watch the film in theatres.
Emraan Hashmi released an official statement and urged his fans to give the movie a chance and watch it in theaters. He wrote, 'I decided to unwind a bit and go on to my social media pages. I usually look at it as a way of connecting with my fans, who I look at as an extension of my family... It's always a positive experience, connecting with them. But the first thing I saw a few moments back was the trends list which to my horror read 'RAAZ REBOOT Leaked'. A lot of work goes into a film, whether good or bad. A lot of people toil away, striving to entertain you as well as run their kitchens. Piracy is a rampant problem, as we have seen over the past few months with a few movies that have been leaked online before their theatrical release. I won't add fuel to the fire by harping about conspiracy theories... I won't point fingers. I don't intend to get into a public mud-slinging match. Instead, I will request you to give the film a fair chance by watching it in theaters. It's a request, which I think anyone sensible will entertain. Love, Emraan.'
Expressing the same sentiments Mahesh Bhatt also urged the franchise fans to stay away from the piracy saying, 'We have worked for 14 years to create the RAAZ franchise. Don't let piracy destroy it. Watch in the theatres please.'
RAAZ REBOOT releases this Friday which also sees the release of Mr. Bachchan's highly awaited PINK. While PINK is getting the industry raving about the film, unfortunately the makers of RAAZ REBOOT are seen trying their best to control the damage done by the reported leak.
So is the DCP move by CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani which got open arm welcome by IFTPC (Indian Film & TV Producers Council) really ‘fool proof'?.
The Bollywood movie industry seriously needs to come together and pull up their socks to fight this menace now one and for all.