Simbu speaks out about Sarkar smoking poster issue and hits the right chord

In a video message, STR addressed the smoking poster issue and said that cinema shouldn’t be dragged into politics and should be left off.

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A lot has happened ever since the first look poster of Vijay starrer Sarkar was released. While fans are elated with all the three posters released by makers, Sun Pictures, the Tamil Nadu Health Department and few other individuals seem to be unhappy with one poster of Sarkar which has Vijay smoking in it. Anhumani Ramadoss had raised his objection over Vijay smoking in the poster and said that it sends out a wrong message to fans. And after the hullabaloo around that, Tamil Nadu Health Department issued notice to the producers about the smoking poster resulting in the poster being pulled down from social media. And the latest activity in that to happen is the Madras High Court ordering actor Vijay, director A.R.Murugadoss and producer Sun Pictures to pay Rs.10 crores each to the cancer treatment at the Government Hospital in Chennai.

However, actor STR aka Silambarsam has come out in support of Vijay and the film Srakr and has spoken about the whole issue. In a video message, STR started with expressing happiness over the response to his upcoming film with Venkat Prabhu, Maanadu, which was announced today. STR then addressed the smoking poster issue and said that cinema shouldn’t be dragged into politics and should be left off.

For a long time, there has been a lot happening around films in Tamil be it Baba or the recent one Sarkar. A lot of questions have been raised around the smoking poster of Sarkar and a lot has happened which has also been spoken about by Anbumani Ramadoss. I feel that whatever is spoken about this will turn out to be into an argument kind of thing and is not the right thing at this point in time. I think that all these questions should be addressed at a proper public forum as a debate and I’m ok with coming there to answer the questions on behalf of the industry about these issues. And if spoken like this, the saga will go on without an end. And I think cinema should be left out as cinema,” Simbu said in the video message.

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