Baahubali 2 has been at constant risk of pirated leaks; is crew size to be blamed?

A nine-minute war scene from the climax of Baahubali 2 was leaked recently. One of the film's graphic designer is suspected to be behind the leak and was arrested.

FP Staff November 23, 2016 11:26:58 IST
Baahubali 2 has been at constant risk of pirated leaks; is crew size to be blamed?

The CGI technology used in the Baahubali franchise shot its first installment to success but it almost proved to be the Achilles’ heel for its upcoming sequel.

Since the post production of these big-budget action films demand the involvement of hundreds of graphic designers, editors and other technical crew member, it is not easy to keep suspense under wraps.

Baahubali 2 has been at constant risk of pirated leaks is crew size to be blamed

A still from Baahubali 2

Baahubali 2 has been in the making even before the first film released and the filmmakers left the audience wanting for more at the end of the film. Since the climax of the prequel was a cliffhanger, the makers were trying their best to ensure that no stills or footage from the sequel gets leaked.

However, a nine-minute action scene which is suspected to be a crucial part of the second film, got leaked online.

The suspect behind the leak was traced to be a graphic designer of Annapurna Studios. After director SS Rajamouli filed a complaint at Jubilee Hills Police Station, the police arrested the designer in Vijaywada.

The leaked footage was taken off the internet, but the damage had been done. Incidentally, stills of Baahubali 2 also leaked earlier this year even though mobile phones were banned on sets, as per a report by NDTV.

Earlier this year, films like Udta Punjab and Parched also suffered the same fate as scenes from the films leaked prior to their release.

Though these leaks increase the hype and excitement around the film, leaking footage of crucial scenes from a film is an unhealthy practice as it infringes upon the filmmakers’ copyright.

Producer of Baahubali, Shobhu Yarlagadda took to Twitter to thank fans who alerted the makers about the release and those who did not share the leaked footage on social media.

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