Looks like Ketan Mehta's troubles are far from over. After fighting a long legal battle to secure a release date for his next biopic, 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man', the director finds himself in an awkward situation as the yet-to-be-released film's preview copy has been leaked online. The Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte-starrer is slated to hit the marquee on August 21.
Poster of 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man'. Pic/Santa Banta
A source close to the project says, “Those who have seen it on film sharing websites say that print is clear and cannot be a pirated copy. In fact, it has the proper censor certificate attached to it. The 2:01 hour long footage has gone viral, but no one knows who has uploaded it online. It could be someone from the team itself.”
Mehta says he has not seen the leaked version yet as he is on promotional city tours with the lead pair to promote the film. “I was on a tour when I got calls from my friends and a few crew members. It was surprising that the film has been leaked days prior to its release. It is a major setback for us. We are trying to pull the online copy down as soon as possible. Once we find the source of leak, we will take appropriate action against the person,” he adds.