Soon after winning the legal battle of censorship, while the makers of Udta Punjab were celebrating the film’s release, the film once again landed in trouble. An uncensored as well as the censored version of Udta Punjab went viral online with it being available on several websites including torrent for download. Amidst several Bollywood celebrities who have been condemning piracy and its ill effects, Anurag Kashyap posted a long note on social media requesting fans to wait till Saturday.
His post read, “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 its a different fight, its 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 its a case of vested interests trying to demoralise people from fighting for their rights. So all downloaders 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. Thank you for reading this.”
Known for his unconventional films, surprisingly, Anurag Kashyap did not condemn the act of piracy but instead requested his fans politely to keep the curiousity alive in order to avoid spoilers before the release.