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 on-screen:
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 it quits.
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 stick.
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 regard.
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.