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FDA Arrests 13 People For Selling Gutkha & Pan Masala; Why Bollywood Celebs Must Stop Endorsing Such Brands – TheFantasyTimes

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By Jitin Gambhir

FDA Arrests 13 People For Selling Gutkha & Pan Masala; Why Bollywood Celebs Must Stop Endorsing Such Brands


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The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted numerous raids in Mumbai Suburban and apprehended 13 individuals for the sale of pan masala and gutkha in their establishments. The areas in Mumbai that were raided include Jogeshwari, Mulund, Dadar, Nagpada, Parel, and Borivali. This serves as a warning to Bollywood celebrities to cease their endorsement of these brands.

For over a decade, many state governments and municipalities have banned these brands and have been diligently working to raise awareness about their harmful effects. Unfortunately, their efforts have not been successful. Various agencies have been attempting to dismantle this illegal operation, but the system has hindered their progress. During the FDA’s operation, goods worth Rs. 1 lakh were seized, but this represents less than 1% of their ultimate goal.

Bollywood and TV actors must take this matter seriously. There has been consistent criticism of Bollywood stars endorsing pan masala, gutkha, and supari products, yet they continue to appear in commercials for these brands. What motivates them? Money. Suniel Shetty has openly expressed his reasons for never endorsing these brands and how he never wanted to profit from something that is detrimental to the youth and their well-being. When will other Bollywood stars comprehend this?

These brands are harmful to young people, and their addiction can ultimately destroy their lives. Unfortunately, the same individuals who idolize and emulate Bollywood stars also witness their favorite celebrities promoting these harmful brands. Fans view these stars as their icons, idols, and sources of inspiration, but do they truly deserve such reverence? Some even worship them like deities. Now imagine how they would feel seeing their idols holding pan masala, supari, or gutkha in their hands and speaking positively about it, when in their own films there are warning messages stating, “Smoking/Addiction is injurious to health.” That is ironic.

The time has come for someone to boldly address this issue, much like Mr. Suniel Shetty did. Our industry should unite and prohibit all such endorsements, setting an example for the rest of the world. I am confident that their fans and internet users will hold them in higher regard after this. Continuing to endorse these products will only generate hatred and negativity towards them. It is high time for them to learn and act accordingly. In short, I would say, “Human conscience and social awareness should always outweigh fame and money.”

FDA Pan Gutkha

FDA (Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration) carried out several raids in Mumbai Suburban and arrested 13 people for selling pan mansala and gutkha in their shops. The raided Mumbai areas included Jogeshwari, Mulund, Dadar, Nagpada, Parel, and Borivali. This is a warning call for Bollywood celebrities to stop endorsing these brands.

It’s been more than a decade since many state governments and municipalities banned these brands and have been working cautiously to raise awareness against their usage. However, it did not work. Many agencies have been trying to stop the racket and close it permanently, but somehow the system didn’t let them do so. FDA’s drive confiscated goods worth Rs. 1 lacs, and yet it is not even 1% of what they want to achieve.

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This must be taken seriously by our Bollywood and TV actors. There has been constant negativity about Bollywood stars endorsing Pan, Gutkha, and Supari products, yet they continued with their commercials, and for what? Money. Suniel Shetty has openly spoken about why he never endorsed these brands and how he never wished to earn money from something that’s against the youth and their health. When will other Bollywood stars understand it?

These brands are harmful to youth, and the addiction to them eventually destroys their lives. The same people adore and follow Bollywood stars, and unfortunately, their favourite stars are promoting those harmful brands. Fans look at their stars as their icons, their idols, and their inspiration, but do they really deserve it? Some even worship them like God. Now tell me how they would feel seeing their God holding a pan masala, supari, or gutkha in his hands and talking good about it when in his own films there would be a warning text saying, “Smoking/Addiction is injurious to health”. That’s irony.

The time has come for someone to stand up and speak openly about it the way Mr. Suniel Shetty did. Our fraternity should come together and ban all such endorsements and set an example for the world. I am sure their fans and netizens will respect them more after this. Continuing such endorsements will only bring hate and negativity towards them. It’s high time they learn and act accordingly. To put it in one line, I’d say, “Human conscience and social awareness can never be bigger than stardom and money”.

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