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No Smoking

2007 2h 8m Comedy Mystery & Thriller List
46% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 71% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A heavily addicted smoker (John Abraham) is unprepared for the true price he must pay when he asks a guru's help to kick the habit. Read More Read Less

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Shubhra Gupta The Indian Express No Smoking is no good. Not because it doesn't have a superb idea. It does. But because it is too bizarre, too outré, too out of it. It stops us from connecting. May 22, 2019 Full Review Namrata Joshi Outlook No Smoking is stylishly shot with great background tracks and quirky black humour. Rated: 3/4 Jan 25, 2019 Full Review Anil Sinanan Times (UK) By the end frustrated viewers may want to kick Kashyap's butt. Oct 24, 2017 Full Review Neil Smith thelondonpaper You'll be wishing this weirdly uneven tale came with its own government health warning - if only so you come prepared for an assortment of incongruous musical numbers and performances that couldn't be broader if they tried. Rated: 2.5/5 Oct 26, 2007 Full Review The Sun (UK) No Smoking doesn't kill anything - not even time. Rated: 1/5 Oct 26, 2007 Full Review Neil Smith Film4 A cut above the usual Bollywood fare, though ultimately too slight to justify its rather exorbitant running time. Rated: 3/5 Oct 26, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Yan S This comody movie is fun but a bit too long Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/18/23 Full Review h This film is a thrilling and captivating masterpiece that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. The intricate plot and superb acting create a truly immersive experience, drawing viewers into the world of the characters and their struggles. The film's stunning cinematography and special effects only add to the sense of awe and wonder, making it a must-see for any lover of cinema. With its rich storytelling, complex characters, and heart-pumping action, this film is sure to become an instant classic. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/29/23 Full Review mox l great movie great movie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/29/23 Full Review Sarthak B the definition of how a cult film is made. This film surprised me in all aspects. When I started my Anurag Kashyap film marathon a couple years back, I deliberately skipped No Smoking and Bombay Velvet due to the negative reputation those films have among the general public and since then, I never really got the chance to watch any of them. Today, I finally saw No Smoking in vain of the cult following it has recently acquired and also due to the plethora of memes being shared all over the internet regarding John Abraham's character K as the new Literally Me of Bollywood. First of all, this is Anurag Kashyap in his most abstract form. The weird screenplay he chooses for this film is something only he can have the courage to pull off. The way this story is told and the sheer abstractness of the events with which they're told to the audience is simply amazing. Not a single event happening in the film is explained explicitly and is left to open interpretation and the film only gets better/worse solely on the basis of your understanding, and it feels good! It feels satisfying to finally have a director that forces the audience to think! John Abraham as K is quite a risky but fantastic choice overall. Maybe it was his performance in Dhoom (2004) that made Anurag Kashyap cast him. John is really funny at times required and really adapts to the dark humour this film wants to achieve. He's the shining star throughout but what really shocked me was Paresh Rawal as Baba Bengali. He's this really menacing rehab doctor who switches moods as fast as lightning and will do everything in his power to achieve his goals of stopping someone's smoking habits. The music is another highlight for the film. It really sets the mood of this dark, comedic but realistic world we all live in. It also helps in amplifying the mood that everything we're seeing may not be true. Also, adnan sami singing a jazz about cigarettes is something I never knew I needed but I'm grateful that I have it now. Having loved this film and considering it to be one of Kashyap's finest pieces of work, I'd say this won't be on everyone's plate. The film relies heavily on interpretation and I can understand why people didn't seem to connect with the film the way director intended them to. To summarise, I'd want to say that, although the film started with the intention of a man wanting to quit smoking, it transcends into something else entirely and it does so in a beautiful way. P.S.: maybe I should also check out Bombay Velvet ;) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/11/23 Full Review Audience Member An underrated gem of Indian cinema. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Anurag's second is Anurag's blandest. No words, further. Skip or else you will want to slap yourself for watching such a psychotically boring psycho-thriller. John Abraham trying to act in the first ten minutes of his part is the only genuine thing to take from this film. Rest is a bore. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A heavily addicted smoker (John Abraham) is unprepared for the true price he must pay when he asks a guru's help to kick the habit.
Anurag Kashyap
Kumar Mangat Pathak, Vishal Bhardwaj
Anurag Kashyap
Production Co
Big Screen Entertainment Group, Eros International
Comedy, Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
2h 8m