Aamir Khan on Thursday said if the leaked version of Udta Punjab online is a censor board copy, it will reflect very badly on the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Also, he says he will watch the film himself in Punjab.
On Wednesday, a leaked copy of the movie emerged on Torrent websites for illegal downloads, and makers tried to remove it on a war footing. It was removed from several platforms due to a copyright complaint, but the damage had been done. As per multiple online platforms which had snapshots from the leaked copy, one could say it was a copy of the film submitted to the CBFC as it also seemed to feature some scenes which the censor board had objected to.
Asked to comment on the matter, Aamir told select media here on the sidelines of the shooting of Dangal:
If it’s not confirmed (whether censor board itself has leaked it film), I can’t comment on it. If it is a censor copy, though we are not sure whether it is, then it’s a big shame for the CBFC. It’s something which will reflect very badly on the CBFC.
If it’s not a censor copy, then piracy is an issue that we have been fighting for very long.
Aamir Khan, who is currently shooting for the upcoming film Dangal here, says that the common man, who watches the pirated version doesn’t understand that is committing a crime.
The 51-year-old actor says there needs to be increased sensitivity to piracy as filmmakers put in a lot of hard work behind each project.
Udta Punjab makers have gone through their share of struggle in seeking a release certificate from the CBFC, which first suggested 89 cuts in the movie, but later the Revising Committee asked for 13 cuts. Ultimately, the makers moved the Bombay High Court which on Monday overruled the CBFC-recommended cuts to the film and cleared it for release with just one cut and three disclaimers by the filmmakers.
Aamir feels the Bombay High Court verdict is right, and added that he is eagerly waiting for the film.
I’ll watch the film in Punjab only as I’m shooting here.
Aamir Khan wants to work with Salman Khan again. After tickling the funny bone of many fans with Salman Khan in Andaz Apna Apna, Aamir Khan hopes to work with the Dabangg star again possibly for a sequel to the 1994 film.
I would love to do Andaz Apna Apna 2 with Salman Khan. If the script would be good, then we will do it. I hope to work with Salman again, but the right script and film has to come up. I’m sure both of us would love to do it.
Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, Andaz Apna Apna revolved around two men Amar and Prem, who belong to middle-class families but dream big.
Asked who can reprise their roles for a remake, Aamir said:
For that, you have to tell me the script.