Thalapathy Vijay Responds to Police Complaint Alleging Drug Promotion; Smoking Disclaimer Added to Leo’s First Song
The release of “Naa Ready,” the first single from Thalapathy Vijay’s upcoming film Leo, faced controversy as it was accused of promoting drug abuse. A social activist from Chennai filed a police complaint against the film and Vijay under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. In response to the complaint, Vijay and the team have now included a smoking disclaimer in Leo’s first song, aiming to address the concerns and prevent further criticism.
In the song, Vijay can be seen smoking a cigarette while dancing to the lively beats. The complaint filed by RTI Selvam from JJ Nagar in Chennai raised objections to the alleged promotion of smoking and drugs through the song. To address these concerns promptly, the makers decided to make modifications by adding a disclaimer. Additionally, certain lyrics in the song, such as “Milli ulla ponnam podhum, Ghill veliya varuvaan paar” (When alcohol goes inside, Ghilli will come out), also sparked controversy.
Leo, Vijay’s highly anticipated film directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, is scheduled to release in October. The movie features Trisha, Sanjay Dutt, Mysskin, Gautham Menon, Mansoor Ali Khan, and Sany in significant roles. Sanjay Dutt portrays Vijay’s father in the film, and their on-screen chemistry is expected to be one of the highlights. Furthermore, Vijay and Trisha reunite after 14 years for this gangster drama, making it a much-awaited comeback for the duo.
Following the completion of the final schedule for Leo, Vijay is expected to commence preparations for his next project with Venkat Prabhu, tentatively titled Thalapathy 68. Shooting for his 68th film is set to begin in August, even before Leo hits the screens. However, an official announcement from the makers regarding this project is still awaited.