Prakash Jha looks at Bollywood stars who endorse pan masala brands: “What are these legendary actors doing?”
Filmmaker-producer (and also actor) Prakash Jha recently targeted some Bollywood actors for endorsing pan masala brands. He said they had no reason to worry about the content of their films as they already had 50 crore rupees in their bank accounts after appearing in pan masala commercials. He asked, “What are these legendary actors doing?”
In an interview with ETimes, the director said there are five or six actors who will never work in one of his movies because they’re busy making money from guthka commercials. He said it had a real impact on audiences and told the story of a school principal who asked him, “What are you doing in the Mumbai film industry? According to the principle, because of the large accumulations of stars supporting pan masala brands, the children in the neighborhood had developed bad habits.
Jha went on to discuss the drop in quality of recent movies and said a star wouldn’t care about content when he knows he has already made Rs 400 crore after signing four movies. Although, he said, “An actor isn’t a content producer anyway. He’s the writer and director. If that writer and director takes the time, they can create something great. .
talk about the boycott trends, the director said that when you have a good story to tell, you don’t have to worry about trends. He added, “You can’t make real movies in the corporate world of film and TV. Sirf bakwaas banta hai.” He pointed out that when an actor makes three movies a year, they don’t have time to work on the story and said, “They get the rights to the remakes. These days they also bring the director along with the remake rights.
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 20, 2022
Recently, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn were trolled for appearing in an ad for a brand of pan masala. The internet unearthed an old video of Akshay saying he will never do a guthka commercial. The actor later apologized to his fans and said, “I would like to apologize to you, all of my fans and supporters. Your reaction over the past few days has touched me deeply. While I do not condone and endorse tobacco, I respect the outpouring of your feelings in light of my association with Vimal Elaichi. In all humility, I step back.