Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt has denied that his forthcoming film Raaz Reboot has leaked online, but he says a bogus file in its name was made available online to warn miscreants.
It was reported that the fourth instalment of the popular 'Raaz' franchise, helmed by Bhatt, has been leaked. The news of its leak went viral online on Tuesday night, with lead actor Emraan Hashmi urging his fans to avoid watching the leaked version.
But when asked about the film's leak, Bhatt told IANS, "It's not really leaked. We put in a bogus file because we know what's been happening for the past few films, and we have understood that."
The filmmaker said he was amazed to see that within 10 to 15 minutes of the news being leaked that the film is online, "5,000 downloads had happened".
"5,000 downloads of a film which was not even 'Raaz Reboot'. So this is how Torrents is destroying the business. Now this (planting a bogus file) is our way of warning those people to stay away from our content. So, no, the film has not leaked," he said.
Bhatt said a film's leak damages its box office potential. "'Great Grand Masti' is an example of how terribly the business got affected. So, of course, a film after it has released, when it leaks online, it damages business. So you can imagine for a film that has not even released," he added.
Bhatt appealed that people should watch films in theatres. "What I would like to add is that watch films in the theatre and if you decide not to watch them, then don't watch them. But do not download," he said.
Raaz Reboot features Kriti Kharbanda and Gaurav Arora apart from Emraan. The film will release on Friday.