It is a known fact that many social activists and critics came down heavily on Dhanush after the release of Maari, for he was shown with a cigarette in every alternate scene.
It is true that such scenes glorify the screen presence of a
popular star and when time slows down on the big screen while
playing such a scene, it sure enhances the doughtiness of a hero.
But it also gives that much more extra time for a fan to assume
that smoking might make one look cool.
Fearing such a terrible consequence, former Union Minister of
Health and Family welfare, Anbumani Ramadoss has been
requesting Tamil heroes not to pass on such an unhealthy message to
their fans by smoking on-screen.
First it was Superstar Rajinikanth, who subsequently stopped
smoking in the movies, and now a similar appeal was made to Dhanush
after his recently released flick.
In a reply to Mr. Ramadoss, Dhanush has mentioned that he smokes
on screen only when the character he plays demands him to do so.
Furthermore, he has promised him that he will not smoke in any of
his upcoming movies, according to a report by IndiaGlitz.
Check out the slides below to know which other actors
have promised that they will never smoke
Rajinikanth who was once famous for his unique stunt involving a
cigarette stick, gave up smoking on-screen after Anbumani Ramadoss
requested him to stop the act as a Superstar like him stands a good
chance in influencing his fans, who are huge in numbers, to
cultivate the habit of smoking. The request was made after the
release of Baba in the year 2002.
Kamal Haasan who was seen smoking in many of his films early in
his career decided to kick the butt on screen as well as in his
personal life. The actor once jokingly said cigarette became a
hindrance to his lip lock scenes and that's when he decided to call
Like any other Indian hero, Vijay too had glorified the habit of
smoking on screen but decided to quit when Anbumani had made a
similar request. Now you know Mr. Ramadoss has made more than one
prominent Tamil hero to quit smoking on the silver screen.
According to a report, Suriya too had
recently promised that he will never smoke on the big screen as it
might save hundreds of lives. In Anjaan, the actor was
seen with a toothpick in his mouth instead of a cigarette
As mentioned earlier, Dhanush is the latest actor to join the
list and the credit once again goes to Anbumani Ramadoss for
requesting the actor to quit the act. In his request, he had even
mentioned that Dhanush should follow his father in law in this
Other Forms Of Style Statement
It is now the responsibility of a filmmaker to come up with
alternate style statements to make their heroes appear cool
on-screen. In Sivaji, Rajinikanth was seen chewing a gum, a well
known alternate for cigarettes.