Dishoom makers go all out to prevent piracy

By Manishaa R

The makers of the forthcoming release Dishoom are taking all possible steps to keep piracy at bay after the recent incidents of online pirated versions of Udta Punjab, Great Grand Masti, Sultan and even the Rajnikanth starrer, Kabali, surfacing online soon after their release. The censor copies of these films, which were submittted for certification, reportedly figured in the pirated versions of these films. According to latest reports. Sajid Nadiadwala is in the process of seeking a John Doe order from the Bombay High Court to ensure that he does not lose out on business due to illegal piracy of the film. The order will direct Internet Service Providers and telecom operators, to block all illegal content pertaining to the film and ensure that it is not available on their platforms. It will direct to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecom operators and other platforms to ensure that any illegal content from Dishoom is not made available on their services, read a statement issued on behalf of Kulmeet Makkar, CEO, Film and Television Producers Guild of India. Moreover, Nadiadwala’s Dishoom will be the first film to be submitted to the CBFC in an encrypted format, thanks to CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani isuing a directive to filmmakers that films would be certified only if they were submitted in the DCP-KDM format. This digital version of cinema facilitates locking the film immediately as soon as it starts playing to prevent any possibility of theft. While a section of producers feel that the digitalized version and format is an expensive proposition, it is considered as an ultimate weapon to safeguard against the censor copy being pirated. Dishoom, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala and Eros International Media Ltd, is releasing on July 29. For Dishoom, the producers are in the process of obtaining the John Doe order from the Bombay High Court.