Can’t show Aishwarya Rai smoking?


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‘Guzaarish’ promo is put on halt

With the release of We Are Family, the trailer of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Guzaarish was also supposed to be launched. The buzz is that it was pulled off at the last minute because of a scene which shows the film’s lead actress Aishwarya Rai smoking.

Showing someone puffing on screen requires censor clearance in India. In Guzaarish, Aishwarya plays a nurse, and showing a celebrity of her status puffing away can create a bad influence on her fans.

According to a source, “Agreed, Aishwarya has never been shown smoking on screen. But it’s not a sequence propagating smoking. Everyone who has seen it so far has reacted very positively to it.” As per a UTV official they don’t see any ‘trouble’ over the cigarette-smoking scene.

The movie which has Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya coming together after the superhit Jodhaa Akbar is up for November release. Now, we hear that its promo will be out with Anjaana Anjaani on September 24.