The Karnataka State Anti-Tobacco Cell and Health Department have objected to visuals showing Yash lighting a cigarette and smoking in the recently released teaser of KGF Chapter 2. The teaser of KGF: Chapter 2, which was out on January 7 – a day before the birthday of Yash – seems to have run into trouble as the Karnataka State Anti-Tobacco Cell has served a notice to Yash, director Prashanth Neel and producer Vijay Kirgandur.
According to reports, the reason for serving the notice is because the makers failed to display the anti-smoking warning message, particularly in the sequences that involve Yash lighting a cigarette and smoking. As per the law, anti-smoking warnings have to be displayed to stop fans from emulating it. Officials from The Karnataka State Anti-Tobacco Cell said that since the visuals showing the actor smoking a cigarette violated Section 5 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) 2003, they decided to seek deletion of the teaser from online platforms. Meanwhile, the Karnataka Health Department has also appealed to actor Yash, who is playing the lead role in KGF 2, to remove the problematic scenes from the teaser and film. The teaser features a scene where Yash blows up a row of jeeps with a machine gun and goes on to light a cigarette using the barrel of the red-hot gun.