Vijay Ratnakar Gutte’s The Accidental Prime Minister has fallen prey to online piracy, just a day after it released. The entire film has been leaked on the internet by the infamous piracy website TamilRockers.
The four big releases down South were also leaked, within hours of opening in theatres. The Tamil films, Rajinikanth-starrer Petta and Ajith and Nayanthara-starrer Viswasam, were made available for free download shortly after their release. The Telugu films, Nandamuri Balakrishna-starrer Kathanayakudu and Ram Charan-starrer Vinaya Vidheya Rama, were not spared either.
With this leak, the box office collection of The Accidental Prime Minister is likely to take a hit.
The Accidental Prime Minister, featuring Anupam Kher, Akshaye Khanna, Suzanne Bernert, Vipin Sharma and Arjun Mathur in key roles, is based on the two-term tenure of former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh in office.
Meanwhile, The Accidental Prime Minister has been at the receiving end of backlash for allegedly portraying the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family in a poor light. The screening of the film was interrupted by violent agitators in a few parts of the country, including Kolkata and Ludhiana.
Anupam Kher took to Twitter to condemn such acts of hooliganism. Sharing a video on his Twitter account, he wrote, “An appeal to the authorities to stop a section of people who are indulging in acts of violence & hooliganism during the screening of our film #TheAccidentalPrimeMinister. Also a call out to other section of people who believe in selective outrage towards #FreedomOfExpression.”
In the clip, he urged the champions of free speech to speak up. “Jo freedom of expression ki duhaai dete rehte hai, iss mudde pe bhi zara apni awaaz uthaiye. Yeh bhi bohot zaroori hai. (Those who are champions of freedom of expression, please raise your voice against this kind of behaviour. It is very important),” he said.