Tamil Superstar Thalapathy Vijay’s much-awaited film “Leo” has sparked controversy with the release of its first single, “Naa Ready.” A police complaint has been filed against Vijay and the film’s makers, alleging the promotion of narcotic drug usage through the song.
Allegations of promoting drug usage in Vijay’s song ‘Naa Ready’ spark police complaint.
The complainant, identified as RTI Selvam, a Chennai-based social activist, has taken the matter to the Chennai Police Commissioner, urging action against Vijay under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
The song “Naa Ready” was unveiled on June 22, coinciding with Vijay’s 49th birthday. In addition to his performance in the dance number, Vijay has also lent his voice to the track composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The song became an instant hit, with many embracing its party anthem vibe and folk beats.
However, the lyrical video accompanying the song drew criticism for featuring Vijay dancing with a cigarette in his mouth. The first to condemn the film was the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), with Member of Parliament Ramadoss expressing his disapproval. Ramadoss took to Twitter to voice his concerns, stating, “Actor Vijay should avoid smoking in films!
It is sad that the poster of the ‘Leo’ movie features actor Vijay smoking. Children and students watch his movies. They should not be addicted to smoking seeing him. He also has a social responsibility to protect the public from smoking. The law also says the same. Vijay should refrain from smoking scenes in movies as he promised in 2007 and 2012.”
The visuals in the lyrical video have triggered a controversy, prompting RTI Selvam to file a police complaint against Vijay and the film. The complainant argues that the portrayal of Vijay with a cigarette in his mouth promotes drug usage and violates the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Selvam’s online complaint to the Chennai Police Commissioner seeks action against the actor.
The controversy surrounding “Leo” has captured significant attention, with fans and critics expressing diverse opinions on the matter. While some support Vijay’s artistic freedom and argue that the scene should be viewed within the context of the film, others echo concerns about the influence such visuals might have on the younger audience.
As the police complaint has been filed, it remains to be seen how the authorities will respond to the allegations against Thalapathy Vijay and the makers of “Leo.” The controversy surrounding the film has generated a heated debate on the responsibilities of actors and filmmakers in influencing societal behavior, especially concerning sensitive issues like drug usage.