Graphic designer leaks climax scene of Baahubali 2 online, arrested
Sequels, at least in India, don’t get any bigger than Baahubali: The Conclusion, the follow up to the epic 2015 war drama.
Since the film ended on a cliffhanger, the makers were doing everything they could to keep the storyline of the sequel under wraps. But to their horror, a nine minute clip of the yet to be released film made its way on video sharing platform YouTube yesterday.
After being notified about the same, the producer asked the team to verify the clip and lodged a complaint with cyber crime wing of Hyderabad police today.
“The film had been given for graphic designing at Annapurna Studio here. The producer’s team found that one Krishna Dayanand Chowdary, a trainee graphic designer, accessed the server of Annapura Studio and stole the film’s clipping,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crimes) Raghuveer said.
Officials then located Chowdary’s house at Tolichowki and checked his laptop, where they found the stolen video.
During investigation, they also found that he had forwarded the clipping to two of his friends at Vijayawada through his phone. However, his phone was found formatted, the officer said.
Chowdary was subsequently handed over to the police, who booked him under relevant sections of IT and Copy Right Acts after questioning him.
“We will write to YouTube authorities asking them to delete the clippings,” the ACP said. The exact nature of the video and other related factors are under investigation.
Meanwhile the leaked clip, of a battle sequence featuring Prabhas and Anushka Shetty, has already made its way on social media. Makers have urged fans to not share the unedited clip online.
The film is the sequel to ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ and is slated for an April release.