Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss, is targeted for his statements on the consumption of alcohol on-screen.
First it was Sharmila Tagore, the Censor Board chief, dismissing his statement and asking him to concentrate on other pressing activities pending Health Ministry’s action. Then it was the Big B, who wondered –“Now the Health Minister, Mr Ramadoss, is asking film stars to stop drinking scenes in their films. First the smoking, then the drinking. Hola!! What next?,”. Finally, it is the turn of our own ‘Puratchi Kalaignar’ Vijayakanth to give his valuable comments on this issue – “First, he should try to find out the reason for the death of the children… then he can talk about the actors. There are so many issues which have to be taken care by him. I appeal him to do that, instead of indulging in such kind of activities”
My 2 cents on this
- Though there are open issues in the plate of Health Ministry, they are free to interfere and decide on matters which they feel necessary
- I can give many instances, where teens start smoking or drinking, to imitate their favorite actors on-screen
- Rampant drinking scenes, like staggering on the roads with bottles and inebriated tussles, should be avoided
- Scenes expressing the idea of ‘love-failure-leading-to-a-drunkard’, should be avoided
- Scenes where female actors intake alcohol and behave in a dastardly manner, should be scrutinized and avoided as possible
- Smooth scenes like drinking in a bar over dinner may be permitted, based on their importance to the movie, as such
In summary, I do not wish to criticize either Anbumani Ramadoss or Union Health Ministry, for their decision to ban drinking on-screen. The ban must be a little flexible, but making sure that their objectives are met.