An NGO working in the field of healthcare Tuesday asked Madhur Bhandarkar, the producer of Hindi movie "Heroine", to comply with rules against showing smoking scenes on screen.
Hriday (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth), which has been working in spreading message against tobacco usage, wrote to Bhandarkar after the producer approached Delhi High Court seeking a censor board clearance for his Kareena Kapoor-starrer movie "Heroine", without following the regulations against depiction of smoking.
Bollywood's reaction was mixed Tuesday to the central government informing the Supreme Court that it would permit smoking scenes in films though with a statutory warning of this being injurious to health.
Director Bejoy Nambiar, whose debut film 'Shaitan' had many smoking scenes, told IANS: "I think its fair enough as long as the censor board is allowing the smoking scene with few restrictions. Because what I have heard is in down south any film with a smoking scene gets an 'A' certificate and this affects the economics of the film. So I feel this decision is much better."
Smoking scenes will be back on the silver screen as the government Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it would shortly permit them - though with the strict stipulation that one of the actors in the scene warns viewers that "smoking kills".
A bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi was told that the new notification would mandate that the films showing a smoking scene would show the actor giving a warning at the start of the film, in between after the interval while a static message would be displayed in the course of the scene showing smoking.
Actress Ileana D'Cruz, who makes her Bollywood debut with "Barfi", will reportedly be seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia's "Bullet Raja" opposite Saif Ali Khan.
"Nothing has been confirmed so far but yes they are considering Ileana D' Cruz to play female lead opposite Saif in 'Bullet Raja'," a source told IANS.
The film's narrative will be set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh-based mafia, and it will deal with the underworld.
Ileana will also be seen with Shahid Kapoor in "Phata Poster Nikla Hero". The film goes on the floors in November.
Designer Surily Goel, who styled actor Hrithik Roshan for dance reality show "Just Dance", has yet to meet someone as dedicated and hard working as the Bollywood heartthrob.
"I loved working with Hritik Roshan. He lets you be what you want to be. He lets you experiment. He is very focussed and I feel that I learn a lot with him. I have never met anyone as hard working as him," Goel told IANS.