Anbumani asks actor Vijay to stop smoking on screen
Sunday, 25 November , 2007, 20:07
Chennai: After taking on superstar Rajnikanth for his on-screen smoking, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Sunday advised popular Tamil hero Vijay to stop showing smoking scenes in his films.
“He is an young actor and a large number of youth are following him. I advise him to stop showing smoking scenes in his films. I am requesting this not only as a Union Minister but also as a Tamil and a doctor,” he said.
There was a misconception in the film industry that the films would run successfully only if it had smoking screens, he added.
Ramadoss said he had written to Rajnikanth a few years ago, requesting him not to smoke before the camera as it could have a bad influence on his massive fan following.
His two latest films Chandramukhi and Sivaji – The Boss did not have any smoking scenes and they turned out to be huge successes, setting a record in the history of Tamil film industry, he said.
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