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Rani smokes controversy in No One Killed Jessica

Rani Mukherjee
Remember how Aishwarya Bachchan got the heat for the poster of her latest film Guzaarish because it showed her smoking? It was thought to be irresponsible, as youth of today are easily impressed with stars. Well, the next in line is Rani Mukherjee.

Her upcoming film No One Killed Jessica is garnering publicity not just because of the trailer that certainly makes you sit up and take notice, but more so because the promos show her smoking. It's strange because this isn't the first time Rani has smoked in a film; she did it before in Laaga Chunari Mein Daag where she played an elite escort.

In this film, Rani plays a headstrong journalist, who takes up the cause of the murdered Jessica Lal. As part of her character specification, she had to smoke on a few occasions. NGOs though aren't interested in the creative aspect of the character and letters have been sent to the Health Ministry and censor board asking for the deletion of scenes involving the actress smoking.

Rani's character also shows her using profanity on screen in both English and Hindi in the promos. We wonder if that too would be deleted. The director of No One Killed Jessica maintains that these days using abuses in everyday conversations has become a norm and should be considered harmless. Well, that's yet to be seen.

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