Chennai: This is not the first time actors are slammed for their onscreen portrayal of smoking cigarettes by politicians and self styled patrons of moral policing.
It was Thalapathy Vijay's cigarette clad first look of his recent film Sarkar which drew flakes from former union health minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss who called the gesture of Vijay 'shameful'.
Dr Anbumani Ramadoss always raises voice for antismoking campaign and takes a dig at Rajini, Vijay and other mass heroes who glorify smoking on screen.
Now, it seems it is the turn of his father and PMK party leader Dr S. Ramadoss who has criticised the first look poster of Vishal's Ayogya which was released recently.
In the poster the leggy actor is seen sitting on a police jeep with a beer bottle in his hand.
Dr Ramadoss took to his social media handle and in a series of tweets wrote: “The promo posters of Vishal film Ayogya featuring him with beer bottles should be removed immediately. What's Vishal trying to imply through this poster? Being the secretary of Nadigar Sangam, I expect some kind of social responsibility from him”.
The politician added sarcastically , “I had earlier written to Vishal in his capacity as Nadigar Sangam secretary to ban smoking scenes from films. Now, I see him going one step ahead and flaunting a beer bottle. What a way to display his social responsibility!!!”
A remake of Tollywood hit Temper which featured Jr NTR in the lead, Ayogya directed by Venkat Mohan has Vishal essaying a ruthless cop with Raashi Khanna playing his romantic pair.