In a major development, the All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has strongly advocated for legal action against model actor Poonam Pandey. The association expressed its concerns on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) on February 2, 2024, emphasizing that the alleged use of cervical cancer as a promotional tool is unacceptable.
President of the All Indian Cine Workers Association Suresh Shyamlal Gupta, issued a follow-up statement on February 3, 2024, condemning Poonam Pandey and revealing the association's request for filing an FIR against her.
The controversy began when Poonam Pandey's team released a statement on February 2, 2024, via Instagram, announcing her purported demise due to cervical cancer. However, a day later on February 3, Poonam herself shared new videos, confessing that she had staged her death to raise awareness about cervical cancer.
President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta responded to this revelation with strong criticism, expressing his dismay in an interview with news agency ANI.
"Is this a joke? You stooped so low for cheap publicity. No one has stooped this low in Bollywood. You have played with the sentiments of the people. There is a way to raise awareness. You can approach the government, an NGO, or do a media conference. I have asked the Mumbai Police Commissioner that an FIR should be registered against Poonam Pandey and her manager," Gupta said.
The AICWA's call for legal action underscores the seriousness with which the association views the use of sensitive health issues for self-promotion and highlights the need for responsible awareness campaigns in the industry.
The situation is now under scrutiny, awaiting further developments and potential police involvement.