Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan could learn a thing or two from Tamil superstar Rajinikant who agreed not to smoke on screen following an appeal, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said in a television interview.
In an interview to Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN’s Devil’s Advocate, Ramadoss said: “I have already made appeals to Shah Rukh Khan... I would like to make an appeal to him and Amitabh Bachchan and all other personalities. I again say: please don’t smoke in your movies, Mr Shah Rukh Khan.”
He said he was concerned over the impression they leave on youngsters when they smoke on screen.
“The movies are most responsible (for encouraging smoking). When I said movies should not have smoking scenes we have statistics which show that 52 per cent of children have their first puff of a cigarette because of movie celebrities,” he said.
Ramadoss also said Shah Rukh should not have smoked in the stands while watching a cricket match in Mumbai. “What was the necessity?”