Smoking Doesn't Hurt Movies
Smoking Doesn't Hurt Movies

Smoking Doesn’t Hurt Movies

Smoking: A burgeoning trend is making waves in the realm of South Indian cinema, particularly within action and mass film genres. Scenes depicting protagonists indulging in smoking, whether it be cigarettes or beedis, are becoming a sensation among the audience. The momentum of this trend has been fueled by recent blockbuster releases such as “Salaar,” “Animal,” and “Jailer.” Now, the latest Sankranthi releases, namely “Guntur Karam” and “Na Saami Ranga,” are also embracing and featuring this distinctive element.

The cinematic landscape witnessed viral moments when Prabhas showcased a stylish cigarette scene amid a fight sequence in “Salaar.” Likewise, the entry scenes featuring cigarettes in “Animal,” starring Ranbir Kapoor, and the intense smoking sequences in “Jailer,” featuring Rajinikanth, garnered widespread acclaim, enhancing the overall impact of these films. Notably, in the blockbuster “Jailer,” Shivraj Kumar’s pivotal scene, where he indulges in a beedi, played a significant role in elevating the movie’s success and resonating with the audience. Esteemed veterans like Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna have artfully integrated smoking scenes into their cinematic repertoire. Notably, Chiranjeevi’s “Waltair Veeraya” and Balakrishna’s “Veerasimha Reddy” feature such scenes, earning favorable responses from the audience and further highlighting the enduring charisma of these senior heroes.

The ongoing trend persists in forthcoming releases, as evidenced by Mahesh Babu’s portrayal of smoking beedis in the trailer of “Guntur Karam.” In a similar vein, Nagarjuna’s “Na Sami Rangam” appears to align with this cinematic inclination, teasing audiences with posters and a teaser that prominently feature a beedi scene. This indicates a continued exploration of such thematic elements in the narrative fabric of upcoming films.

While these cinematic moments undeniably enhance the mass appeal and heroic elevation of the protagonists, critics voice apprehensions regarding the promotion of potentially harmful habits. Some argue that such portrayals may inadvertently mislead fans. However, despite these concerns, the trend remains steadfast, with filmmakers actively leveraging these scenes to craft impactful narratives and captivate the audience, underscoring the dynamic relationship between creative choices and public reception in the world of cinema.


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