Even because the crew members of KGF Chapter 2, an upcoming Kannada interval motion movie written and directed by Prashanth Neel, are basking within the glory of its teaser receiving over 132 million views on YouTube since its launch on January 7, the Karnataka well being division has issued a showcause discover to Yash, the lead actor of the movie, who performs protagonist Rocky Bhai within the film.
The teaser has a scene the place Yash blows up a row of vehicles with a machine gun and goes on to gentle a cigarette with the barrel of the red-hot gun.
In keeping with the discover, as per the statutory requirement, it’s obligatory to show a warning on the display screen with the caption “Smoking is injurious to well being”, however neither the KGF Chapter 2 teaser nor the publicity posters show any such message.
“Each the teaser and the posters encourage cigarette smoking,” the discover said and appealed Yash to take steps to take away this teaser from social media platforms.
“Yash, you’re a heart-throb and you’ve got immense fan following. Your actions mustn’t mislead the kids. We would like you to hitch our marketing campaign towards cigarette smoking,” the discover mentioned.
In the meantime, the scene in query has gone viral on social media and followers of Yash are sharing the screenshots of the scene.
Quickly after the KGF Chapter 2 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 well being division, the cell had contended that the visuals depicting the actor smoking a cigarette violated Part 5 of the Cigarettes and Different Tobacco Merchandise (Prohibition of Commercial and Regulation of Commerce and Commerce, Manufacturing, Provide and Distribution) 2003, additionally known as COTPA 2003, and sought deletion of the teaser from on-line platforms.
“The actor has a lot of followers, significantly among the many youth. If he smokes (on display screen), folks will emulate him. So, we’re asking them to take away the teaser from the web platforms and in addition the posters of the film,” the letter had said.
A letter objecting the visuals within the KGF Chapter 2 teaser has been despatched to director Prashant Neel, Yash, producer Vijay Kiragandur, and the Karnataka Movie Chamber of Commerce.
The cell, nevertheless, isn’t going to ask the filmmakers to remove the scene from the movie.
The movie will launch in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. KGF Chapter 1, which was launched in 2018, had received two Nationwide Awards in 2019 for Finest Motion and Finest Particular Results.