Santhanam's imitation on anti-tobacco ad from forthcoming Tamil movie All in All Azhagu Raja has created a controversy. This has made Tamil Nadu People's Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) to come down heavily on the comedian and it has made the organisation to demand for the removal of the scene from the movie.
As we all know, every movie that is made in India has to play an anti-tobacco video where diseased named Mukesh claims that he died due to chewing of gutkha. This ad has been dubbed in every possible language to create awareness on smoking and chewing tobacco products.
In the recently-released teaser, there is a scene in which Santhanam mimics Mukesh which has not gone well with the TNPFTC and anti-tobacco campaigners. They have not only demanded to remove the scene from All in All Azhagu Raja, but also sought a ban on the trailer for making fun on the awareness video and the person in the clipping.
Cyril Alexander, the spokesperson of the TNPFTC, has claimed Santhanam has insulted the ad, which is credited as one of the widely-reached anti-tobacco promotional material and the late Mukesh, who died of cancer due to oral cancer. The video has made huge impact on people and imitation on such awareness video has to be condemned. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
Wrong From Santhanam's Part
It is wrong from Santhanam's part to make fun of the video and Mukesh, who lost his life due to tobacco consumption, claimed the spokesperson.
Delete Scene At Any Cost
"This sequence should be deleted from the film at any cost. Santhanam's ridicule has affected and hurt those involved in anti-smoking and anti-liquor campaign. Moreover, this scene also attracts provisions under Tobacco Control Act (Section 5)," he said.
Meanwhile, Rajesh, who was not keen to remove the scene intially, has chopped the scene from All in All Azhagu Raja.
Why The Scene Is Removed?
M Rajesh said that the Regional Censor Board has asked them to delete the scene from the movie. All in All Azhagu Raja is a good entertainer and they are not keen to give a bad image to the flick by this incident.
Ready For Release
On the other end, All in All Azhagu Raja team is getting ready for the release of the movie. The film will hit the screens on November 2.
All in All Azhagu Raja
All in All Azhagu Raja stars Karthi and Kajal Aggarwal in the lead roles. The movie produced by Gnanavel Raja has S Thaman's music and Balasubramaniam/Sakthi Sarvavanan's cinematography.