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Guzaarish: Ash's cigarette act creates storm

The organisation in the past has dragged Bollywood superstars Big B and SRK for the same

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Updated:November 16, 2010, 4:35 PM IST
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Guzaarish: Ash's cigarette act creates storm
The organisation in the past has dragged Bollywood superstars Big B and SRK for the same

Panaji: Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who will be seen lighting up in her forthcoming release Guzaarish, has set the anti-tobacco lobby aflame with anger.

"The display of the posters showing Aishwarya smoking raises worries in our mind that they could be trend-setters," said a statement released on Tuesday by Dr. Shekhar Salkar, general secretary of the National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE).

He said the group has written to the actress as well, and asked her to withdraw posters of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's latest film Guzaarish, showing the Bachchan bahu smoking a cigarette.

Salkar said many film stars, who confess about their aversion to smoking in private, routinely smoke on screen, taking refuge in phrases like 'freedom of expression'.

"There are innumerable posters of Guzaarish all over Mumbai. There would be many other scenes which could convey the storyline of the film, yet the producer has chosen this particular one, quite oblivious to its after-effects," Salkar said.

NOTE has in the past dragged Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan to court over promoting tobacco.

The group had also complained against Ajay Devgn, who was photographed smoking while shooting in Goa for Golmaal 3. The star was fined Rs.100 for his indiscretion.

In the meanwhile, news is that Aishwarya is under the weather. "Aishwarya is not travelling to Delhi. She is down with fever. She has had a hectic week of promotions," her spokesperson told.

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