Remo D'Souza
Mohar Basu (MID-DAY; July 22, 2017)

Remember how the makers of Baahubali 2 kept their most-guarded secret — why Katappa killed Baahubali — under wraps till the very end? The edit team of Akshay Kumar’s next, Toilet - Ek Prem Katha, could borrow a few tips from them.

Recently, choreographer Remo D’Souza, who was at his gym, stumbled across a pen drive, containing Kumar’s entire yet-to-be-released film. D’Souza told mid-day, “My gym trainer found a pen drive at the studio and asked me to have a look at it. I was shocked to find that it had the entire raw footage of the film. I made sure he didn’t pass on the copy to anyone. Neither did I let him watch it. Prernaa [Arora of KriArj Entertainment; film’s production company] is a friend and I gave the pen drive to her. I am a filmmaker and as part of the fraternity, I understand a leak could have lasting monetary repercussions. The film’s business would have been massively affected. I just did whatever I could, in my capacity.”

Meanwhile, the producers are being extra careful and have also lodged a complaint with the crime branch to get hold of the culprit. “An internal enquiry has been set up. The matter cannot be taken lightly. So far, the investigation doesn’t suggest any malicious activity, but Neeraj Pandey [co-producer] doesn’t want to take any risks. He will keep the editing job between him and his most trusted men henceforth, to avoid such a situation in the future,” says a source.

Initially, no official complaint was filed, but on Wednesday, under the direction of a supervising cop, who was looking into the matter, an FIR was registered. “The pen drive containing the film is now with the police,” says the source.

Kumar took to Twitter yesterday to urge people to stand up against piracy, writing: “The fight against piracy is critical and it’s reassuring to see the swift action taken by the Crime Branch on the unfortunate incident involving our film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. I would like to urge my friends, colleagues, fans and audiences to join us as we fight piracy. Thank you all for your support.”