Even Devgn, who has a little daughter and pregnant wife at home had cut down on his smoking. But the the chain-smoker"s role in Luthria"s film has gotten him addicted to cigarettes once again. Haji Mastan was a chain smoker. So is Ajay Devgn, who plays a smuggler from the 1970s. He smokes through most of Milan Luthria"s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai.
Until very recently the censors clamped down on any character holding a cancer stick in his or her hands. In fact, censor chief Sharmila Tagore was at her wit"s end when in April this year the government sent the censor board a circular stating that if any character in any film lights up a cigarette the film automatically gets certified for adult viewing.
Despite showcasing Devgn puffing away the cancer stick cigarette in Once Upon A Time in Mumbai the film has been awarded a 'UA" certificate. Director Milan Luthria tries to find a rationale behind the 'know" smoking in his film. “First of all, Ajay"s character in Once Upon A Time In Mumbai smokes less than he did in Company. We had to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the film in both Hindi and English saying , 'Smoking Is Injurious to Health". That apart I think this shows a sign of maturity on the censor board"s part. It"s the character not the actor who"s smoking."