Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, the former Union Minister, has condemned the makers of Asal for incorporating scenes that show the film’s lead star Ajith smoking. According to Anbumani, he came to know about the scenes in which Ajith is portrayed as blowing cigars. This will set a bad example to the younger generation, he had said. The member of the Pasumai Thayagam, which is headed by Anbumani, displayed banners on the huge cutouts that are erected in a theatre in Chennai against smoking.
In a letter to the film’s director Saran, producer Sivaji Films, and actor Ajith, Anbumani had mentioned that actors like Rajini, Kamal, Vijay and Suriya have vouched that they would never don roles that require them blowing cigars or cigarettes hence forth. Likewise, AVM productions has also decided not to include such scenes in their films. The former minister requested the actor to refrain from such acts and be an example to the younger generation.