Filmmaker Alphonse Puthren has rejected media reports that claimed it was the director himself who leaked the ‘censor copy’ of his film Premam on to the Internet.Terming such charges as media creation, the director asked, “Why would I want to leak copies of my own film? How would I benefit from it?”
He was talking to reporters after an 8-hour questioning session by the Anti-Piracy Cell officials in Kochi on Wednesday.The officials had come to Kochi to take Puthren’s statement on Wednesday. On why Puthren was questioned for such long hours, the head of the probe team said that some clarifications were needed on technical matters.
“We have got some crucial evidence that would help in the progress of the probe,” the officer added. The hugely popular Premam, with Nivin Pauly in the lead, suffered a setback in the box office with the pirated version being circulated on Internet, hitting its revenues. The film’s editing too was done by Puthren.
The officials are also checking Puthren’s computer that was used for the editing works.Reports suggest that a difference of opinion existed between director Puthren and producer Anwar Rasheed, who had filed the complaint about Premam piracy. Puthren was also questioned about the same by the probe officers, sources said.