Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer And Ajay Land In Legal Trouble For Promoting Tobacco Brand; Twitter Reacts

Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh have landed themselves in legal trouble for promoting ‘gutka’ and ‘pan masala’ brands. Lately, netizens haven’t been going easy on Bollywood actors who are promoting tobacco brands, recently Akshay Kumar also stepped down as the band ambassador of a tobacco brand after receiving intense backlash. Even South Indian actor Mahesh Babu was trolled on Twitter for the same.

SEE ALSO: Twitter Responds To Akshay Kumar’s Apology By Digging Up His Old Cigarette Ad

According to Times Now, a case has been filed against Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn by Muzaffarpur-based activist Tamanna Hashm under sections 467, 468, 439 and 120B. The charge sheet states that these actors are, “misusing their popularity for promoting ghutka only in greed of money.” As per reports, the case has been accepted by the court and the hearing will take place on May 27.

Several netizens have now reacted to Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh and Ajay Devgn landing in legal trouble. Take a look at the reactions here.

SEE ALSO: Mahesh Babu Trolled For Promoting Tabacco Brand; Netizens Says ‘Bollywood Can’t Afford You, But Pan Masala Can’

However, last year in October, Bachchan terminated his contract with the tobacco brand. His team later released a statement that read, “When Mr Bachchan became associated with the brand, he wasn’t aware it falls under surrogate advertising. Now, he has terminated the contract with the brand, has written to them about his termination, and has returned the money received for the promotion.” Akshay Kumar also left a statement and apologized for hurting the sentiment of his fans as he stepped down.


John Colin

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