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No Smoking (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery | 26 October 2007 (India)
A surreal story about a man, his addiction of smoking, and a mysterious and powerful organisation, which claims to cure such addictions, though through very unusual ways.

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Shri Shri Prakash Guru Ghantal Baba Bangali Sealdah Wale
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Doctor in charge of K's brother J
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K lives a wealthy lifestyle in India along with his widowed mother and brother, J. His mother works as an interpreter with the German embassy. As a child K acquired the habit of chain-smoking along with his friend, Abbas Tyrewala. Now matured, running his own business, married to Anjali, who also doubles as his Secretary, Annie, K continues to chain-smoke. When Abbas quits, he manages to convince K to undergo treatment at the Prayogshala located near Kalkatta Karpets but K refuses. He changes his mind when Anjali moves out, decides to undergo treatment, goes to Prayogshala, meets with Guruji, is forcibly enlisted, then again forced to sign a Cheque for 21 Lakhs Rupees for his treatment, and after doing so is discharged with a warning that very bad things will happen to him and everyone of his family if he dares to smoke again. Watch what happens when K decides to secretly re-locate and continue to smoke. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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About halfway through the film one character says a dialogue, while launching his cigars in India, which goes like "'Beedi Jalaai le' ke is 'vishal' desh mein, cigar 'gulzar'" (In this 'Vishal' (huge) country of 'Beedi jalaai le' (smoking), cigar is 'Gulzar' (flourishing or pleasant)). This dialogue is a cleverly put tribute to the following: Vishal Bhardwaj - the music director and producer of this film (and a good friend of Anurag Kashyap), the lyrics writer of the film Gulzar (a close friend of both Vishal Bharadwaj and Anurag Kashyap) and the song 'Beedi Jalaai Le' from Vishal's then recently released movie Omkara (2006) See more »

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Written by Gulzar
Composed by Vishal Bhardwaj
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The best tribute to Franz Kafka
27 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

For all those illiterates (the numbers of these great unwashed I do not doubt, it is hardly surprising that the movie bombed) who give it 1-2 stars and talk about preserving sanity, a question: Ever heard of Franz Kafka? I saw this movie just after I had read The Trial and The Castle back-to-back. It is a brilliant tribute to the genius of Kafka: I wonder that is what Anurag Kashyap intended in the first place. The plot follows the same twists and turns that one would have in a Kafka novel, particularly the descent to meet the Baba. It is not just any shady place, it is a passage from The Trial faithfully replicated: when K first approaches his accusers (note the name: another Kafka hallmark). Sheer genius. Both the original writer, and the film-maker.


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