The alleged leak of Attarintiki Daredi had sparked a new debate on the future of producer BVSN Prasad, who has invested Rs 40+ crores on the production of the film. The Police, who got into action immediately, are successful in nabbing the culprit, who leaked the 90-minute video of the Pawan Kalyan, Samantha and Pranitha starrer. Editing assistant Arun Kumar, the man behind the action, was arrested on Tuesday.
Rama Mohan, superintendent of police, CB-CID, told IANS, "Through our investigation, we have found out that Arun Kumar, who works as an assistant in editing department was the one responsible for the leak of the film. In an effort to show his friends the rushes of the film, he uploaded the footage on YouTube."
The police officer added, "After he uploaded the video, some unknown person copied the video from YouTube on to discs and circulated in Pedana town in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh, and other neighbouring districts as well."
On Monday, the leaked footage of the film was being sold at Rs 50. Police conducted searches at shops selling CDs and making mobile repairs and confiscated several discs. Following the leak, film's producer B.V.S.N Prasad filed a complaint with Director General of Police Dinesh Reddy and pressed for immediate action.
Attarintiki Daredi, which was postponed due to the ongoing political turmoil in the state, was scheduled for release Oct 9, but due to the leak it has been advanced to Friday. Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, the film also features Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Pranitha, Boman Irani and Nadhiya.