Mumbai: Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, lead actors of Udta Punjab, among other celebrities from Bollywood have urged their fans not to waste two years of their hard work by watching the pirated version of the film and instead watch it only in the theatres.

Shahid, who will be seen playing a rockstar named Tommy Singh in the film, shared:

The controversial film Udta Punjab was leaked online on Wednesday, two days ahead of its scheduled release in theatres. The Abhishek Chaubey directorial- which has been in news for the makers’ run-in with the censor board- was available on torrent websites for illegal download.

However, soon the download links were “removed due to a copyright complaint”.

Visibly upset with the online leaks, Bollywood celebrities including Karan Johar, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Sonakshi Sinha requested people to head to the theatres to watch Udta Punjab, based on drug abuse in the Indian state of Punjab.

Here’s what tinsel town celebrities had to say:

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‘Piracy di maa di’: Bollywood is urging you to watch ‘Udta Punjab’ only in theatres