KGF Chapter 2: Health department objects smoking scene in teaser
The Karnataka Health department has sent a notice to Yash and KGF: Chapter 2 team for the smoking scene in the teaser. They objected out that the KGF team did not include a statutory warning.
The teaser of KGF: Chapter 2 released on January 7 and received several million views. But now, the teaser and the KGF: Chapter 2 team are in trouble as the Karnataka Health department has sent a notice to actor Yash and the team. The teaser had a smoking scene without any statutory warning. Hence, Hence, the Health Department had accused the KGF team of promoting smoking through the teaser.
The KGF: Chapter 2 teaser has a scene where Yash continuously fires a machine gun. As the gun gets red-hot, Yash walks up to the front and lights a cigarette from the gun. The Health department's notice said that it is mandatory to issue a statutory warning with the words, "Smoking is injurious to health."
But, neither the teaser and the posters display the warning. Further, they had appealed to Yash to remove the teaser from YouTube and other social media platforms.
The notice read, "Both the teaser and the posters encourage cigarette smoking. Yash, you are a heart-throb and you have an immense fan following. Your actions should not mislead the youngsters. We want you to join our campaign against cigarette smoking."
Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Anti-Tobacco Cell, in their letter to the Health Department wrote that the scene had violated Section 5 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) 2003, also referred to as COTPA 2003.
The Cell, however, will not ask the filmmakers to delete the scene from the film.
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