The release date of the third instalment in the Masti series was changed, from July 22 to July 15, due to the online leak.

Director Indra Kumar and film's cast including Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Urvashi Rautela yesterday expressed their displeasure over the dampening effect of leak on its box-office collection.

"It's a big loss for us. This has happened for the first time when a film is leaked 17 days before its official release. It has killed our film. It's a tough time for us. We are sad and upset," Kumar said in a press conference held here.

Vivek claimed, "We are facing huge losses. It's unprecedented as the film was leaked three weeks before the official release. It must be almost Rs 100 crore loss."

According to the makers, the movie has earned over Rs two crore at the box office on its opening day. They have already filed a complaint with Cyber crime cell and that the investigations are on in full swing.

"The government and police officials helped us a lot by taking action against those who were selling pirated DVD. By this we could curb physical piracy, but digital piracy was not in our hands. We hope we get compensated once the perpetrators are booked," said Hitesh Jain, legal aid of film's producer Balaji Motion Pictures.

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