- Delhi government has issued a notice to the makers of Ayushman Khurana starrer movie, ‘Badhai Ho.’
- The notice has been issued under Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA) asking to remove certain scenes in which the characters are shown smoking.
- Dr S K Arora, Additional Secretary Health and Tobacco control officer of the Delhi government has issued the notice to the filmmakers.
- All kinds of direct and indirect advertisement of tobacco products have been banned as per section 5 of the COTPA Act.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr S K Arora, Additional Director Health, Delhi government said, “In the recently released Bollywood movie, ‘Badhai Ho,’ a number of scenes have been featured wherein the characters are smoking. It is the violation of section 5 of the COPTA act. We have sent a notice to the makers of the film to delete the scenes from the movie.”
Dr Arora further said, “”Youngsters can easily get attracted and influenced by the actors. A fan would like to emulate the actor whom he loves. So, it is likely that minors will start smoking after watching his on-screen idol indulge in the same. Filmmakers should keep this in mind while directing a movie.”
Dr Arora had sent notices to Pierce Brosnan, Ajay Devgan and, Akshay Kumar, in the past as well.