While the specific product that the 64-year-old actor promoted actually did not contain tobacco, other types of the pan masala product do.
When the backlash erupted in 2016, Brosnan released a statement to People, saying he was “deeply shocked and saddened” that his photo was used to represent a potentially dangerous product.
He added that he felt “grossly manipulated” by the Pan Bahar as he thought he was promoting a “breath freshener/tooth whitener [and] all-natural, containing neither tobacco, supari nor any other harmful ingredient.”
Brosnan was served with a legal notice seeking his explanation for appearing in the ads last week.
His failure to respond within ten days could land the actor in jail or result in a fine of 5,000 Indian Rupees ($77).
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