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Spotlight on ‘Adaraneeya Kathawak’ over violation of Tobacco, Alcohol Act

3 July 2016 06:29 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on Friday gave an order over the inquiry conducted against the film, ‘Adaraneeya Kathawak’ which is now being screened, for allegedly violating the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act by displaying Tobacco or Alcohol trade marks in the film.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris ordered the film's Director Priyantha Colombage, National Film Corporation Chairman and Majestic Cinema Manager to provide a full length version CD of the movie to the Narahenpita Police in order to observe scenes allegedly promoting Tobacco or alcohol by violating the section 35 of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Act.

Narahenpita Police sought court permission to get a full length version of the movie in a CD in order to initiate the formal litigation against the violators of the Act.

Representing the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol Department, Dilishiya Abeynayake had lodged a complaint with the Narahenpita police over the violation of the Act stating that the Authority had observed scenes in the film, in which Tobacco or alcohol advertisements were included by displaying trade marks of some brands.

The complainant told police that the Authority had found more than ten scenes of promoting Tobacco or alcohol in the film.

Narahenpita police had also investigated into the complaint and confirmed that the alleged film contained such scenes.

The Complainant had also informed the Censor Board and Film Corporation regarding the violation of Tobacco and Alcohol Act.

Further inquiry was put off for July 8. (Shehan Chamika Silva)

  Comments - 8

  • manjari peiris Monday, 04 July 2016 08:10 AM

    Not really in whatsoever manner

    Daya Monday, 04 July 2016 08:18 AM

    How come Censor Board missed at the first place. Are they incapable for the job or not knowing what to censor?

    kukula Monday, 04 July 2016 01:07 PM

    The magistrate wants the full lent cd of the movie, because he can watch the movie during his official courts time.

    1110 Sunday, 03 July 2016 07:06 PM

    Government can enjoy taxes from this category but adverts are bad . Then do not use the taxes ...BS.

    praba Sunday, 03 July 2016 07:23 PM

    Purpose of art is undefinable, but should it be used to advertise lethal goods ?

    ANTON Sunday, 03 July 2016 08:12 PM

    BECAUSE MOST OF THE "LOVE STORIES" END UP WITH TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL.

    Ranjitdea Monday, 04 July 2016 04:11 AM

    Sack the censor board. Appoint some capable people. Dont thay have guidelines?

    Wele Vidane Monday, 04 July 2016 04:22 AM

    Love story without drugs and alcohol?


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