Bengaluru: Telugu movie iSmart Shankar, which released on July 19, receives good response, but is now in trouble.

The joint director of Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Department has issued a notice to the makers of the movie over alleged violation of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (COTPA) Act.

According to the report published in Deccan Chronicle, the department said the poster of the movie, which was displayed at Inox cinemas at Mantri Mall, Bengaluru, showed the actor smoking.

The report further said that it violates Section 5 of the COTPA Act and is a punishable offence, adding that the makers would have to explain why they violated the tobacco law.

iSmart Shankar is produced by Charmee along with Puri Jagannadh and features Ram Pothineni, Nabha Natesh and Nidhhi Agerwal in the lead.

The movie opened to and excellent response from the audience and collected Rs 46.10 crore at the worldwide box office. The film was released on July 19.