I am deeply shocked, saddened: Pierce Brosnan on pan masala ad

Shaken and stirred: Pierce Brosnan says he is distressed by the deceptive use of his image in Indian pan masala brand's advertisement.

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Published:October 21, 2016 4:40 pm
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Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan says he is distressed by the deceptive use of his image in Indian pan masala brand’s advertisement. The actor said that he was deeply shocked and saddened to learn the pan masala product he was advertising may include ingredients that can cause cancer, reported People magazine.

Brosnan said he has the “greatest love and affection for India and its people.”

“As a man who has spent decades championing women’s healthcare and environmental protection, I was distressed to learn of Pan Bahar’s unauthorised and deceptive use of my image to endorse their range of pan masala products.

“I would never have entered into an agreement to promote a product in India that is dangerous to one’s health,” Brosnan said in a statement.

The 63-year-old James Bond star said his contract stated that he was to advertise a “breath freshener/tooth whitener,” which wouldn’t include an ingredient that turns saliva red.

According to the actor, he agreed to advertise a single product only, and that it was presented as “all-natural containing neither tobacco, supari, nor any other harmful ingredient.”

“Having endured, in my own personal life, the loss of my first wife and daughter as well as numerous friends to cancer, I am fully committed to supporting women’s healthcare and research programs that improve human health and alleviate suffering,” the statement continued.

Brosnan has demanded the company to remove his image from all their products, and assured that he had no knowledge that he was endorsing items that would have a negative or painful reaction in India.

“I shall endeavour to rectify this matter. In the meantime, please accept my sincerest and heartfelt apologies to all whom I have offended,” the statement concluded.

The actor received a lot of flak and was even trolled on Twitter for featuring in advertisement of the pan masala brand.

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    Anand
    Oct 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm
    I guess you didn't read the article. His face was not photoshopped. He agreed to advertize for one of Pan Bahar's products and appeared in a lengthy video commercial (Go see it on YT). To not have researched the product he was endorsing properly is on Brosnan alone.
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    Priyank
    Oct 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm
    Are celebrities so dumb that they don't research what products they are endorsing? Or do they just see the money being offered and endorse products?
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    B
    Oct 21, 2016 at 7:39 pm
    Don't worry Mr. Brosnan! We know some Indians got you! We don't take these ads. seriously, or the product. We just thought this was a very funny commercial, since the product is now claiming to have risen in its own esteem! Do a public service message for ayurveda and we will be all good!
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    Sandeep Singh
    Oct 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm
    WHy are you saddened he is not ..stop feeling sorry for others ..Let me get you reality check even James Bond need food ,shelter and clothing.
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    A.s. Malhotra
    Oct 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm
    Dear Pierce Bronson, Don't feel depressed for advertising "Pan Parag" product though it may contain ingredients which are stated to be injurious for health. There are plethora of products whether they may be cosmetics, edibles, fast foods, and pharmaceutical, herbal, which are being advertised by world fame celebrities which are not only adultrated, but also put lot of deletarious effects on the lt;br/gt;human bodies in all respects. Great news is also felt to discourage the promotions of those products to the general public worldwide.
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    Thomas George
    Oct 21, 2016 at 4:59 pm
    He made a mistake, and apologised. What else do you want?
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    vizeet
    Oct 21, 2016 at 1:02 pm
    The image is Photoshopped.
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