In a series of Thank You Notes, Abu has thanked everyone who had helped him in Udta Punjab - from the makers to the censor board - who has followed him on Twitter and whispered in his ears about the cuts the CBFC suggested. He has gone on to say that he isn't well-off and wanted to pay for the movie as a gift.
He has also thanked all those who refused to watch Udta Punjab on its own merits and made a stink about it, compelled him to fight a legal battle and lose, and get a backlash for permission to release the movie he had spent six years of his life making.
This isn't the first instance where a film has been leaked online and used as a platform for piracy. Though film piracy is a serious issue - a 2012 study revealed that millions of dollars were lost every six minutes owing to the ease at which pirated copies of content were being distributed globally - the law shouldn't be misused and people penalised for not giving pirates what is currently being withheld by copyright holders.
"A few people who have not been served the movie, yet have uploaded the movie on torrents, are circulating the claim that they have not seen the movie. However, I would strongly urge people to don't share any torrent link that has been circulating in the Internet as they will anyway go to the site and watch the movie. It is the Censor Board's job, not that of any right holder, to approve or reject a movie -- So, if you don't want to watch Maheshinte Prathikaram, then due respect to the filmmakers by not circulating it on torrents and search engine. As a filmmaker, I have done several movies with YouTube. d2c66b5586