So did someone close to the film leaked the copy and put the blame on CBFC?
The Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) last week submitted “hard and irrefutable” evidence to the police indicating their innocence in the matter of online piracy.
A source from the CBFC on condition of anonymity reveals, “Great Grand Masti, which was leaked online had a running time of 133 minutes when it came to the CBFC. The length remained 133 minutes when the film went to the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal, or the Tribunal, as it is called. After the Tribunal censored the film the length of Great Grand Masti came down to 127 minutes. But when the film was leaked online the playing time was 134 minutes. Display cards during the opening credits flashing the film’s media partners, that were not there when the film was submitted for censor certification, were added in the leaked version. Also, post-production including background music was incomplete when the film was submitted to the CBFC and the Tribunal. However, the version leaked online was fully edited and with background music, missing in the censor copy.”
So how does this CBFC source explain the ticker ‘censor copy’ marked in the online copy of Great Grand Masti? “Obviously the ‘censor copy’ declaration was added to the pirated copy to mislead the law. But we’ve now submitted all evidence. The cops now need to investigate why a longer version of Great Grand Masti, than the one submitted to the censors, was leaked online.”
Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivdasani and Urvashi Rautela had earlier declined to speak on the issue at a promotional event, saying, “We do not want to comment on it.”
The copy that has been leaked online is the same copy that was submitted to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT). This is an unprecedented leakage. After cyber cell investigation, it was found out that the sealed copy was sent to FCAT, then the seal was tampered and mixed with other films,” Hitesh Jain, the legal aid of Balaji Motion Pictures, which has produced the film, had said.