MUMBAI: Comedian-actor Sunil Grover has come up with a hard-hitting and innovative way to advise smokers to quit – a short video that shows him in a chef’s avatar. The video was made in association with Indian Cancer Society to promote its anti-tobacco campaign. Sunil underlines the various harmful chemicals used in the making of a cigarette, apart from nicotine, in the video.
The video shows Sunil standing in his kitchen, wearing an off-white apron . He says, “Aaj mai apko bahut hi popular recipe bata raha hu. Ek pan me daliye cadmium, uuske baad thoda sa acetone. Ab hum iske andar milaenge candle wax. Ab ammonia dalna hoga jo ki toilet cleaner se milega. Swad anusar thoda sa zeher, yani ki arsenic. Akhir me thoda sa nicotine, jo humein is keetnashak yani insecticide se mil jaega.
Sunil then presents a cigarette in a plate and says, “Ab ho gai aapki manpasand lajawab cigarette taiyyar! (Now, your favourite cigarette is ready).” He then holds the cigarette in his hands and adds, “Dekhne me itni cool lagti hai ki pata hi nahi chalta isme itne hanikarak chemicals hote hain. Jise pata chal gaya wo to issase door hi rahega na? Indian Cancer Society ki baat maniye, cigarette tambaku se door rahiye aur cancer se do kadam aage.
Sharing the video, Sunil wrote. “Ek nayi type ki recipe try ki hai during lockdown. The facts in this video are so hard – hitting that it forces me to think and rethink for myself also!
The video has registered 73.5 thousand views and is also being appreciated by Sunil’s industry colleagues. Lauding Sunil’s efforts, filmmaker Anubhav Sinha tweeted, “I smoked for 30 years, smoked a lot and have now quit. I keep telling youngsters don’t even try it or you will keep struggling to quit for years. Every smoker I know wants to quit but can’t. Good film Sunil.”