Actor Yash and the makers of the upcoming movie KGF: Chapter 2 are basking in the glory of its teaser receiving over 132 million views on YouTube since its launch on January 7. The teaser immediately went viral when it was launched on Yash aka Rocky Bhai’s birthday and followers have been head over heels about it. But seems like essentially the most hooted smoking scene in the teaser has truly created drawback for it. The Karnataka health division has issued a showcause discover to Yash, the lead actor of the movie, who performs protagonist Rocky Bhai in the film for the smoking scene.
The teaser has a scene the place Yash blows up a row of cars with a machine gun and goes on to mild a cigarette with the barrel of the red-hot gun. Undoubtedly, it was one scene the place folks clapped and whistled essentially the most. According to the discover, as per the statutory requirement, it’s obligatory to show a warning on the display with the caption “Smoking is injurious to health”, however neither the teaser nor the publicity posters show any such message.
“Both the teaser and the posters encourage cigarette smoking,” the discover acknowledged and appealed Yash to take steps to take away this teaser from social media platforms.
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“Yash, you are a heart-throb and you have immense fan following. Your actions should not mislead the youngsters. We want you to join our campaign against cigarette smoking,” the discover mentioned. Soon after the teaser was out on numerous on-line platforms, the Karnataka State Anti-Tobacco Cell had taken exception to the visuals exhibiting Yash lighting a cigarette.
In its letter to the health division, the cell had contended that the visuals depicting the actor smoking a cigarette violated Section 5 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) 2003, additionally known as COTPA 2003, and sought deletion of the teaser from on-line platforms.
“The actor has a large number of fans, particularly among the youth. If he smokes (on screen), people will emulate him. So, we are asking them to remove the teaser from the online platforms and also the posters of the movie,” the letter had acknowledged.
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A letter objecting the visuals in the teaser has been despatched to director Prashant Neel, Yash, producer Vijay Kiragandur, and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. The cell, nonetheless, is just not going to ask the filmmakers to remove the scene from the movie.
KGF: Chapter 2 will launch in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Okay.G.F. Chapter 1, which was launched in 2018, had gained two National Awards in 2019 for Best Action and Best Special Effects.
(With IANS inputs)