Madras High Court issues notices to Vijay, AR Murugadoss and makers of Sarkar in poster row

The notices were issued after an advocate and tobacco control activist Cyril Alexander filed a PIL with the Madras High Court objecting to the posters.

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After the Health Department Officials sent noticed to makers of Vijay starrer Sarkar objecting the posters with Vijay smoking a cigarette in it, the posters were pulled down by the makers from all their digital assets. And now in a fresh row, the Madras High Court has sent notices to actor Vijay, director A.R.Murugadoss and makers of Sarkar in the smoking poster row asking each of them to pay Rs.10 crores to cancer treatment center at Government Royapettah Hospital. The notices were issued after an advocate and tobacco control activist Cyril Alexander filed a PIL with the Madras High Court objecting to the posters. After hearing the petition, the High Court order Vijay, Murugadoss and Sun Pictures to pay Rs.10 crores each to the cancer treatment center of the hospital.

It all started with a debate by Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss voicing out his displeasure over the smoking poster on Twitter. Anbumani Ramadoss had tweeted after the first look poster of Sarkar was released stating, “Shame on Actor Vijay for promoting Smoking in this first look of his next movie… You’ll look more stylish without that cigarette.

Reportedly, the Health Department issues notices to the makers of Sarkar regarding the smoking poster. And apparently, the makers pulled down the poster from all their social media handles after the backlash from many people and the notice by the Health Department.

Featuring Vijay in a stylish role, Sarkar is said to be an action entertainer and will have A.R.Murugadoss mark to it. Keerthy Suresh would be playing the female lead in Sarkar and will be her second film with Vijay after Bairavaa. Veteran actor Livingston would be seen playing an important role in the film. More details about the rest of the cast is yet to be revealed by the makers.

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