Starring Ranbir Kapoor in the shoes of Sanjay Dutt, Sanju releases in over 5300 screens worldwide today. Tracing the many lives of a single man, as depicted by director and Dutt’s close friend Rajkumar Hirani, fans have been waiting with collective breath to watch the tumultuous journey unfold.
Early reviews of the movie heaped praise on Ranbir for getting under the skin of the 58-year-old so effortlessly and living his part so earnestly. But amid expectations of setting the ticket counters ringing, Sanju made its way to the internet. In a rather disappointing development, the biopic has been leaked online.
Twitter is going berserk after learning of the movie’s leak. Claims suggest a high definition print of the film has been made available, and fans of Ranbir and Dutt have been urging everyone to not circulate the link and watch the movie in cinema halls only. Considering the fact that it is now available on the net within hours of its theatrical release, it is likely that this could pose a threat to the box office collections.
A screengrab shared by a Twitter user:
Predictions by trade analysts have suggested of a bumper opening for the Vidhu Vinod Chopra production. While the first-day figure is expected to be Rs 30 crore, trade pundits believe it shouldn’t be difficult for the movie to enter the Rs 100 crore club by the end of its first weekend.
The teaser and trailer had already piqued audience interest in the movie, which showcases the highs and lows during various phases of the actor's life. Ranbir's transformation depicting different phases of Sanjay's life has been lauded too.
Besides RK, Sanju boasts of an ensemble cast including Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal and Dia Mirza amongst others.
However, this is certainly not the first time a movie has been leaked online. It was only recently that Rajinikanth’s Kaala found itself at the receiving end of piracy and was leaked on the internet on the very next day after release. Other films like Udta Punjab, Sultan, Great Grand Masti have been played with by cyber mischiefs.