The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry issued a circular dated August 2, which has made it mandatory for films that have smoking scenes to start with a 20-second disclaimer. It requires producers to shoot the disclaimer on the actor seen smoking in the film, repeat it in the middle and also have a static message on the screen for the entire duration of a smoking scene.
Madhur Bhandarkar, whose film Heroine has Kareena Kapoor in the lead role and has scenes of smoking, has agreed to follow the Union government’s anti-smoking rule as otherwise the film will not get a censor certificate.
Actor Manoj Bajpai has already done a voiceover in Gangs of Wasseypur stating that smoking is injurious to health.
But producer Mahesh Bhatt is opposed to bipasha basu dubbing the disclaimer for Raaz 3. He had been fighting a case against the health ministry for banning smoking in films which will be heard by the Supreme Court on September 4.
The Film and Television Producers Guild wrote to the Union minister for Health stating that the health ministry’s notification on disclaimers was unfair to the entertainment industry.