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Ban must

Our country has a large population of illiterates, uneducated and uninformed people, who easily believe what they see in films. They want to follow their favourite film stars in all respects. It is advisable to ban smoking and drinking in ...

Avoid scenes

Government has ordered to avoid scenes involving smoking and drinking in films. But it seems that no one has followed it. As films are the main source of entertainment for all age groups, every scene will attract the viewer’s mind. ...

Lack of awareness

Nowadays modern technology is employed in cinema. Films are not, just a means of entertainment but are a part of people’s lives. Smoking and drinking scenes become necessary in order to differentiate the characters and to strengthen the ...

Censor Board’s decision

A villain in a film can be depicted as a bad character only by showing him drinking, smoking or fighting. Just dialogues do not help to expose the villainous character. Old film ‘Devadas’ would not have been a success, had they not ...

Age old habit

It is not correct to say that youths acquire smoking and drinking habits only after watching films. These vices have been existing for centuries. By asking filmstars to refuse smoking and drinking scenes in films will not usher in any major ...


Smoking and drinking in films became a fashion. But they are very dangerous to our society.

It affects the youth and sometimes even children. It will destroy their lives.

On seeing such scenes in films there is lot of chance to ...

Slow poison

Smoking is a slow-poison. Research has proved that passive smoking is more dangerous than active smoking. What starts as a pastime ends in death. Unfortunately, the heroes are shown smoking in films which sets a bad example to youths. As it is ...

Caution needed

Cinema teaches many lessons. Few are good to feel and follow and a lot is worse which can spoil the life. Since cinema is the medium which reaches the masses fast, people fall prey to their hero’s behaviour in film and emulate. Youths ...

Stop manufacturing

Exhibiting smoking and drinking in films is unavoidable. Rather, they are a necessary part and parcel of the film’s story line. Viewers do not get affected seeing such scenes since they know it is just acting. If the government is keen ...

Two evils

Drinking and smoking are two evils. Depicting actors in films either drinking or smoking causes an adverse impact in the minds of youngster watching them and they are tempted to do so without realising the harm. Exhibiting such scenes should ...

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