Actors: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Paresh Rawal, Ranvir Shorey
Director and writer: Anurag Kashyap
Producer: Kumar Mangat
Music Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
No Smoking looks like an absurd film without any clear cut message to convey. May be the producer and the writer wanted to tell the moviegoers the negative effects of smoking but if you see the film that is also not so. “No Smoking” also cannot be rated in high or medium as an entertaining film. It also does not enlighten nor educate the viewers.
The story portrays the life of a chain smoker, K (John Abraham). The 30-year-old is addicted to smoking from a very young age and refuses to do anything about it. He is stubborn and obnoxious guy. He does what he wants to do. K is confident about himself and whatever he does. He does not listen to any body. His wife and friends tried their best to see to it that he lets quit this habit but all to no avail. Fed up with his attitude and addiction, K’s wife, Anjali (Ayesha Takia) walks out on him.
K later decides to meet Baba Bengali (Paresh Rawal), who runs a rehabilitation centre from all sorts of addictions and afflictions. K signs an agreement with Baba, a simple but mysterious character, for quitting smoking. Baba has his own way of curing his patients, who only have to follow all his orders. And if they don’t follow, he turns out to be their enemy. So K falls on that line and the game of one-upmanship between Baba and K begins. Later K realizes that there is no other way except following the Baba’s orders.
The cinematography in the film by Rajeev Ravi is good. It has some stylishly executed scenes. However, the lighting, the visual effects and the production design are not so interesting. No Smoking was shot in Russia, Kazakistan and Siberia, besides in Mumbai.