Woody Allen has stopped his upcoming flick Blue Jasmine from being released in India, after he learned that anti-tobacco adverts would be inserted in its smoking scenes.
According to Indian law, health warnings are mandatory when a character smokes in the films, and cinemas have to play anti-smoking adverts before every movie. Allen has reportedly refused to accommodate these ads during his film, the BBC reported.
A publicist for the 77-year-old director said that the film cannot be shown in India in its intended manner, due to its content.
The Cate Blanchett starrer film features two smoking scenes that would have required on-screen disclaimers, especially the scrolling text warning viewers of the dangers of tobacco use.