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The Delhi Govt. has once again thrown their axe on cinematic works. The officials have asked ‘Badhaai Ho’ makers to chop few scenes that show the characters smoking a cigarette, according to the officials there are way too many smoking scenes and they can be toned down, they also allege that the film showed the brand name of cigarettes which is a serious offense.

S.K. Arora ( Additional Director, Public Health) comments that the film violated Section 5 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply, and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA).

In S.K. Arora’s words: "There are repeated scenes of smoking and of a tobacco shop. There are scenes displaying brands of tobacco products. The brand promotion of tobacco products -- direct and indirect -- are banned under section 5 of COTPA. Our legal notice is based on these things. The legal notice to the director, producers and actors of 'Badhaai Ho' has been issued because there has been promotion of a tobacco brand as well as surrogate advertisement repeatedly. We demand the immediate removal of these scenes from the film."

He also added: "We wrote to Bollywood a number of times regarding this. Bollywood stars and films are role models for youngsters. The youngsters follow their habits and copy it blindly. Bollywood should decide to think on moral grounds and should feel responsible for the people. The script can always be changed for the interest of the public."
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- Shivam
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