The leak poses an additional challenge.
Dream Girl 2, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Ananya Panday, has fallen victim to online piracy just hours after its cinematic release.
Directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures under the guidance of Ekta Kapoor, the sequel to the 2019 movie encountered an unfortunate incident that has become all too common in the film industry.
The movie, which hit theatres on August 25th, was awaited by fans of the franchise, as Ayushmann Khurrana reprised his role as a late-night caller skilled in seducing lonely men with his feminine voice.
Ananya Panday took on the lead female role opposite Ayushmann in this instalment, playing a character central to the plot’s humorous twists.
However, the excitement surrounding the film’s release was overshadowed by the rapid spread of unauthorised copies on the internet.
Just hours after the initial screenings, high-definition versions of the movie started surfacing on various websites, available for online streaming and download.
This incident has once again highlighted the persistent issue of piracy that the film industry continues to battle.
Dream Girl 2 boasts a star-studded cast including Paresh Rawal, Annu Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Vijay Raaz, Asrani, Abhishek Banerjee, Manjot Singh, and Seema Pahwa, among others.
The ensemble of talented actors aims to carry forward the legacy of the first film’s success, despite the setback caused by the leak.
Upon the film’s announcement trailer release, Ananya Panday said:
“I am excited to be a part of Dream Girl 2 and work with the dream team of Ayushmann Khurrana, one of the finest actors of Bollywood and the true boss lady Ekta Kapoor herself.
“I’m so grateful to be working with the most talented ensemble and of course the captain of our ship, the super Raaj sir.”
“This one is going to be a treat for all those who loved Dream Girl. Can’t wait for the audiences to see it.”
Dream Girl 2‘s release was already anticipated to face fierce competition from other major releases, such as Sunny Deol’s Gadar 2 and Akshay Kumar’s OMG 2.
With these films vying for the audience’s attention, the leak poses an additional challenge for Dream Girl 2‘s box office performance.
The film’s producers, Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures have expressed their disappointment over the piracy incident and have vowed to take stringent measures to combat such leaks in the future.
Despite the leak, Dream Girl 2 is still showing in theatres and is expected to have a strong presence on the big screen.
The incident has highlighted the pressing need for more robust measures to protect the intellectual property of the film industry in the digital age.