Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Let Me Smoke: Shah Rukh Khan.

Actors should not be asked to curb their “creative liberties,” Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan said. He was responding to Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who said he and Amitabh Bachchan should stop setting a bad example by smoking in public and in films as “children have their first puff of cigarette due to celebrities.” “As filmmakers we should have creative liberties because cinema is all about make-believe,” Mr. Khan said. He, however, said he agreed with Dr. Ramadoss on his concern over an increase in young people taking to smoking.

Dr. Ramadoss had said Mr. Khan should not have smoked in the stands while watching a cricket match in Mumbai and that he and Mr. Bachchan could learn a thing or two from Tamil film actor Rajnikant, who accepted the Minister’s suggestion to quit smoking on screen.

Defending himself, Mr. Khan said the stadium where he was photographed smoking was a private club coming under the Cricket Club of India; moreover, there wasn’t a ‘no smoking zone’ specified in the area.

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