‘Udta Punjab’, which was locked in a bitter battle with the Censor Board, has reportedly been leaked online just two days before its release. Approximately 40 minutes of the movie footage is available online with 'for censor' written on the top left corner, according to websites. There are reports that the entire movie, which has a running time of 2 hours 20 minutes, is doing the rounds on movie downloading sites.
Director-Producer Anurag Kashyap wrote on his Facebook account, “I have never downloaded a film on torrent, I don't know how to. Yes, occasionally I have seen downloaded films borrowed from friends and found a way to pay for them later, by buying them on DVD or blurray, and when I say this i also say that no one can stop your right to download a film. This time it’s a different fight, it’s 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. 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’s a case of vested interests trying to demoralise people from fighting for their rights. So all downloader’s 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."