The Charminar police in Hyderabad, India, has launched an anti-smoking drive in the city this month, under which public smoking is fined under their jurisdiction. They recently caught Telugu actor, Ram Pothineni smoking near the historic monument, and issued him with a fine of Rs 200 for smoking in a public place, under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA) 2003. Apparently, the actor was in the middle of shooting for his upcoming film iSmart Shankar, when he lit a cigarette as part of the movie sequence, and the police fined him for smoking at a no-smoking zone.
So far 20 people have been caught and fined for smoking near the monument and the Hyderabad police intend to continue with their anti-smoking drive to spread awareness of the negative effects of tobacco. They confirmed that popular Tollywood actor Ram Pothineni had smoked while shooting and they had immediately booked a case under Section 4 of the COTPA Act 2003 against him and levied a fine of Rs 200, which he paid.
Telugu actor, Ram Pothineni
Ram Pothineni, who made his debut in 2006, will be seen next in iSmarth Shankar, which has been directed by Puri Jagganadh, with music composed by Mani Sharma. Its shooting began in January and currently their third schedule is underway in Hyderabad. Apart from Ram Pothineni, the cast also includes Nabha Natesh and Nidhhi Agerwal in lead roles and, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Tanikella Bharani and Pavithra Lokesh in supporting roles. The film’s crew includes cinematographer Raj Thota, film editor Junaid Siddique, art director Shaik Jonny and stunts choreographer Real Satheesh. Ram’s character’s look in the film has been unveiled: he has a beard with a spikey hairdo, and is dressed casually, in a shirt and jeans, while holding a gun.