Mumbai: Vivek Oberoi is taking his anti-smoking crusade very seriously. The actor apparently refused to light up a tobacco cigarette for a scene in his forthcoming Zilla Ghaziabad recently.
The producers, of course, couldn’t give in to his demand as the actor plays a gangster from UP and hence smoking is crucial to the scene.
They did, however, agree to add an anti-smoking clip at the beginning of the film, after which he reluctantly agreed to smoke up.
A source added, “Vivek had a altercation with the filmmakers because he has been very particular about not smoking on and off screen. He was hooked to smoking before and he knows how difficult it is to kick the butt. So he wants to avoid doing anything that will encourage the habit amongst youngsters.” In the proposed anti-smoking clip, he will talk about the hazards of smoking.
Also, the actor has especially ordered electronic cigarettes from the US as they have lesser nicotine content. Vivek Oberoi is one of the first bollywood actors to smoke electronic cigarettes to overcome smoking addiction. “Many Hollywood stars use electronic cigarettes in case of scenes where they have no choice but to smoke. This is the first time e-cigarettes will be used in a Hindi film,” a source adds. A smokin’ idea we say!