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Don’t blame films for promoting smoking: Vivek Oberoi

Vivek says films reflect real life, so Bollywood’s not the culprit.

bollywood Updated: Jun 02, 2012 01:14 IST


Actor Vivek Oberoi has urged people to stop accusing Bollywood of popularising smoking.

“What all will you stop? Rape scenes, terrorism in films? Then let’s make cartoons. It’s very difficult, I think it’s asking to strangle creativity. Because films are a mirror of the society — A mirror copies you, you should not copy the mirror,” said the 35-year-old.

“Films are an image of life, they borrow from life, let life not borrow from films. Let’s set an example,” added the actor.

Meanwhile, when asked if he ever sets a condition of not smoking on screen in a film before signing it, Vivek said, “I don’t set any such conditions. As an actor, that’s not my right. The director, the script — it's their decision.”

He added, “Yes, I try, I ask them if they can manage without this. If they say yes — like it has happened in some films, I was supposed to smoke and I said I’d rather not and if it’s possible please adjust it — and some people do adjust.” Vivek has been associated with the Cancer Patient Aid Association for the past 10 years.

The actor will be next seen in filmaker Sanjay Khanduri’s upcoming movie: KLPD — Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, where he will star opposite actor Mallika Sherawat.

First Published: Jun 01, 2012 17:31 IST

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