Just shortly after the release of Sidharth Malhotra-Sonakshi Sinha starrer ‘Ittefaq’ (2017), the makers have been sent a legal notice for encouraging smoking. One of the promotional posters of the film, shows Akshaye Khanna lighting up a cigarette, with no warning placed on it.
DNA reports Dr. SK Arora, Additional Director, State Tobacco Control Officer, Delhi Health Department, saying, “We have sent a notice under the COTPA Act to Karan Johar, his production house, and the director of the movie for promoting smoking. One of the promotional posters show Akshaye Khanna lighting a cigarette, which encourages the younger generation and promotes tobacco. It’s been three days since we sent out the notice via speed post (and emailed), but we have not heard anything from them so far. If we do not hear from them for another four days, we will send a strict complaint notice to take down this promotional poster from everywhere including social media sites.”
Meanwhile, ‘Ittefaq’ has opened to low box office numbers.