After the big success at the box office, Thalapathy Vijay’s Sarkar is in legal trouble. The film collects over then Rs 200 cr at the global box office. Just because of its poster the film trap in big trouble, in the poster Vijay blowing the cigarette lighter. Some fans like his swag and appreciated his look but some people does not like the poster just because of legal issues.
This is not the first time the film comes to controversy and facing criticism. Before its release, there were allegations on director AR Murugadoss of intellectual property rights. But the new complaint is done by medical officer Dr KJ Reena she approached the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Thrissur and fired case or requested to take action against Vijay, producers and distributors.
Reena said that:
“The film poster goes against section 5(2) of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003.” This section of the Act prohibits the display of images that advertise cigarettes and tobacco products, or that promote the use or consumption of cigarettes and tobacco products. The Act is aimed at reducing the incidence of smoking and use of tobacco products amongst the public. Images like this glamourise smoking and could encourage the youth to pick up such unwanted habits.”
She added that:
“This is a criminal offence. The complaint has been filed directly to the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Thrissur. We have taken down the posters exhibited here under our jurisdiction. Those in other jurisdictions can take cognisance and also do the same.”
Vijay and the film producer will receive summon from the Thrissur Chief Judicial Magistrate and this is a bailable offence and for the first time offenders, the penalty for the offence is fine of Rs 1000 or up to two years of imprisonment. Let see how will the film producers reply against the case.