Bengaluru: Even because the crew members of “K.G.F. 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 health division has issued a show-cause discover to Yash, the lead actor of the movie, who performs protagonist Rocky Bhai within the movie.
The teaser of Ok.G.F. Chapter 2 has a scene where 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.
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.
“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.
Meanwhile, the scene in query has gone viral on social media and followers of Yash are sharing the screenshots of the scene.
Soon after the teaser was out on varied 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.
A letter objecting the visuals within the teaser has been despatched to director Prashant Neel, Yash, producer Vijay Kiragandur, and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce.
The cell, nevertheless, will not be going to ask the filmmakers to remove the scene from the movie.
The movie will launch in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. “K.G.F. Chapter 1”, which was launched in 2018, had gained two National Awards in 2019 for Best Action and Best Special Effects.