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<i>Don</i> in smoking controversy

Courtesy: IndiaFM

Monday, August 28, 2006

The promos of Don have been creating quite a lot of hype ever since the promos have been on air. But now like a lot of movies these days, controversy takes its toll on this one as well.

It has come to notice that Union health minister Anbumani Ramadoss is quite upset with the fact that the lead actor of Don Shah Rukh Khan smokes in the film and objected to it. Producer Riteish Sidhwani and director Farhan Akhtar were quite upset over this incident. They claimed that the censor board has passed the movie without any objections and they have not done anything illegal.

Word is that Ramadoss has not yet seen the film and is making claims a bit too early. Shah Rukh's character in fact stops a person trying to light a cigarette by saying, 'Smoking kills, I am trying to quit smoking' and throws the cigarette away. Incidentally the shooting of the film began just after the commencement of the banning of smoking in films. Hence there was a notification which stated that if there was a smoking scene in the film then an audio-visual should be included talking about the ill-hazards of smoking. So the producer and director justify this by making Shah Rukh do the anti-smoking scene.

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