SS Rajamouli's war epic, Baahubali's second part is currently under post-production but last night, a 9-minute long war sequence, which is apparently part of the film's climax and features lead stars Prabhas and Anushka Shetty, was leaked online.
Since the first part ended on a cliffhanger, the plot details of the sequel have been kept heavily-guarded. Until now, when the leak found its way on Torrent sites, The Indian Express reported.
The filmmakers jumped to contain the shocking leak and a complaint was filed with the Hyderabad police who promptly identified and arrested the culprit Krishna Dayanand Chowdary, a trainee graphics designer working at Annapurna studios, the company doing the film's animation.
Shobu Yarlagadda of Arka Mediaworks, the producer of the film, tweeted: "It is very unfortunate that a small unfinished video clip of @BaahubaliMovie was leaked online yesterday. The person responsible for the leak was identified with the help of security features in place and was arrested late last night by police and handed over to cyber crime."
The producer further said:
Sincere thanks to our fans who have alerted us very early and the local police and cyber crime division for their prompt response. We have many security features to deter precisely these kind of situations. However, filmmaking is a collaborative effort involving 100s of people across multiple locations and we need to work on trust! Sometimes in very rare cases this trust is not maintained leading to this unpardonable and unfortunate situation.
Baahubali: The Conclusion will open in theaters on April 28, 2017.