Amitabh Bachchan, in an astonishing move, has chosen to end his endorsing agreement with pan malasa brand, days after its advertisement was broadcasted. This move comes after a national anti-tobacco association had requested the veteran actor to pull out from promoting pan masala. Fans of the actor had likewise scrutinized his choice to promote the mission.
An expressed from his group read, “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 when Mr Bachchan became associated with the brand, he wasn’t 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.” Surrogate advertising is a type of promotion which is utilized to advance restricted items, as cigarettes and liquor, in the mask of another item.
Already, a top fan of Amitabh Bachchan had asked him on Facebook, “Hello sir, I have just one question for you. What is the need for you to advertise about a paan masala brand? Then what is the difference between you and these petty artists?” Calmly reacting to the question, Big B had clarified, “I ask for your forgiveness. If someone is doing well in their industry, then one should not wonder ‘why am I associated with it?’ If that is a business, then we should think about our business too. Now, you feel that I should not have done this, but by doing this, I get paid and there are many people working in our profession, who are workers, and in a way they too get work and money. Besides, gentleman, please don’t use the word ‘tatpunjiya’. It doesn’t look good coming from you and it does not suit all the artists who belong to our industry.”