Amitabh Bachchan terminates contract with pan masala brd returns feeWasnt aware fallunder surroga advtising

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Amitabh Bachchan terminates contract with pan masala brand, returns fees: Wasnt aware it falls under surrogate advertising

Amitabh Bachchan terminates contract with pan masala brand, returns fees: Wasnt aware it falls under surrogate advertising

Amitabh Bachchans office released a statement that he has dissociated from the pan masala brand and has returned his fees.

Updated: October 12, 2021 5:17:09 pm

Amitabh Bachchan has terminated his association with the pan masala brand

Amitabh Bachchanhas terminated his contract with a pan masala brand, saying that he wasnt aware that the promotion falls under surrogate advertising. The decision comes after a national anti-tobacco organization requested him to withdraw from the ad campaign, claiming that it would prevent youngsters from getting addicted to tobacco. His fans had also criticised the move.

An official statement released byBachchansoffice said that he has dissociated himself from the brand. Kamala Pasand a few days after the commercial was aired, Mr Bachchan contacted the brand and stepped out of it last week . Upon checking why this sudden move it was revealed that whenMr Bachchanbecame associated with the brand , he wasnt aware that it falls under surrogate advertising. Mr Bachchan has terminated the contract with the Brand, has written to them his termination and has returned the money received for the promotion, the statement read.

Earlier, an open letter had been addressed to Amitabh Bachchan by Shekhar Salkar, President National Organization For Tobacco Eradication, in which he stated that pan masala impacts the health of citizens. He also added that since Big B is the government brand ambassador for the pulse polio campaign, he should drop out of pan masala ads immediately. As an oncologist and member of an NGO working in the field of tobacco cessation, I am aggrieved and provoked to wage war against the dubious measures, such embellishment done by various influential and famous Bollywood actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Ajay Devgn,Ranveer SinghandHrithik Roshan, leading to increased tobacco use among students, the letter read.

Last month, Amitabh Bachchanhad responded to a fan who asked himwhy he chose to endorse the brand. He said, If some people are getting benefits from an industry, we should not think as to why am I getting associated with it? If it is an industry, then we too should think of it as our industry. Now, you may think that I should not be doing it, but I get paid for it.

Surrogate advertising is a form of advertising in which banned products, such as cigarettes and tobacco, are promoted in the disguise of another product.

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