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The director's guide to No Smoking
October 30, 2007 17:34 IST
Anurag Kashyap made us sit up and notice his brilliant direction in Black Friday, a film based on the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
So Anurag explained the finer details of his film to Rediff readers in a live chat on October 29. For those who missed the chat, here's the first part of the transcript:
Anurag Kashyap says, Hi I am online.. ask me
Palamon asked, I watched your movie Black Friday, and I liked it. But I have heard pretty nasty feedback and reviews about No Smoking. As a director, why do you think this happened?
ravinhari asked, Like your mentor, RGV..your immensely talented but also eccentric. Behave normally and go back to your SATYA [Images] roots.
Sam asked, Hey Anurag!! you deserve kudos for attempting NO SMOKING
suniln asked, Hi. Lot of questions have come up post the movie. Was there a metaphor about people taking a bath in the end. What happens to people who have given the 1 rupee and don't need to take a bath?
ajm asked, sir you have not answered me is it u r arrogance or naivete of my question? i am agreat fan of urs and forced my wife to watch this movie no smoking when we mmet after 2 weeks. have u seen the game?were u inspired by it?i want to hear - NO IS k U? IN TERMS OF FIGHTING A BATTLE AGAUINST CENSORSHIP? WHATS THE ILLUSION ABOUT j? U R BROTHER DYING? CAN U PLEASE ENLIGHTEN?
JACK asked, HEY ANURAG !!!! HOW R U? I LIKE YOUR MOVIE BLACK FRIDAY ESPCIALLY THAT CHASE SCENE IN THE MOVIE !!! WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT NO SMOKING . WHAT WAS THAT ONE RUPEE CASH CONCEPT ??? I DIDNT UNDERSATND IT..
Ajayslabyrinth asked, Hey Anurag!! you deserve kudos for attempting NO SMOKING...but i must admit...it cudhv been mild at times.... could you please comment !!!
andsound asked, Hi Anurag, I loved Black Friday and watched No Smoking. I must say it is different movie, but just couldnt digest it. Am still wonderign what the story was
asharma86 asked, Hey anurag! its a good effort. conratulations!
hotty asked, oh god how cud u feel u made a good movie
mks asked, Hi Anurag wat is ur film's moto "Should evry smoker quit smoking?"
aakash asked, hello sir, another great movie from you.... i have watched this movie first day on friday and was thrilled the way u narrated the story of a smoker amazed...but i m sure it wont work in INdia, here in sydney everyone even white people felt gr8 but in India people cant think at this extant... they can only understand love melo drama...keep it up sir... awasome...
Nitin (http://www.chakpak.com/movie/no-smoking/reviews/18882) asked, Hey Anurag - we have some user reviews on chakpak.com , why dont u have a look at them and possibly comment. Also It would be great if you could answer my question on quitter's inc and cat's eye . I have another question on viability of such cinema - do you think that you/your producer would make good profit or is it still niche ?
omkar asked, Anurag, when you will make fils with realities
rajeshb asked, hi! are you inspired by novels by Kafka? K is a direct tribute to his book the closet, which all so spoke about authorian oppression.. also i want to know, why make a movie which not many would understand.. i mean its a methaphor for an analogy.. this might go down well with the "festival" kind of audience.. but what about profitability and success?
riyaztak asked, have u quiet smoking?
dineshd asked, Don't u think that brilliant cinema wouldn't be made if it is made solely for the audiences?
Palamon asked, Having written one of the most outstanding screenplays in thie history of our cinema (I'm talking about Kaun), don't you think that your effort at direction should have met with a bigger success than what you can see right now ? Think about Frank Darabont ?
Rinki asked, Hello? Liked your film. Does negative criticism bother you?
vicky asked, anurag do you think that you were able to convey the message you wanted to convey?
sandeep asked, why does the dwarf in the dungon have a baritone voice?
pm3313 asked, I loved the actor who played saif ali khans deputy in Omkara [Images] - why not go search and get us more actors like that?
Alien asked, I really liked the movie No smoking. At least a relief from the monotonous love story boy-meets-girl genre. One thing I did not understand, the "atma" of K gets burned in the Prayogshala and it shows K can't remember anything. But, how come in the next scene he wakes up with his fingers lost and searching for some other smokers to quit smoking? Please let me know.
Vivek asked, i read your comment on Khalid on PFC? i wanna ask, if somebody is taking his frustration on you, is it good by abusing him and degrading yourself like this. also, as comments on PFC is No Smoking is for all ur chaaploos on PFC?
Puneet2329 asked, Hi Anurag, Are you making no drinking movie as well?
sonu asked, Hi Anurag ! Are u going to attempt anything like No Smoking again... after knowing its not accepted by the audiences that well?
anooop asked, hiiii anurag, i watched yr movie yday...to be honest, it disappointed me...expected another class one lik black friday. bt this was nowhere....
bbk asked, bbk says, Hey u are not here for the brickbats alone.. there are applauses too...enjoy!!
rajasen asked, Salaam boss. Dude, I haven't seen the film yet -- was out of town, will do it asap -- but honestly, did you expect this sort of an insane reaction? I knew you didn't expect the critics to 'get' it but still.. this animosity?
goldie asked, Very bad movie... storiless... not understood anything in the movie... bad attempt...
Asad Hasan asked, Hi Anurag, I am a regular visitor of ur blog 'passionforcinema.com' and like blackfriday very much but one thing i must say u can say anything to anyone. modesty is not ur thing. plz dont say wrong words to a person (Khalid) so senior to u. Anyway all the best for 'No Smoking'. One thing i want to ask, who is the best indian actor?
Kabeer asked, Dear Anurag, I don't know how many times I have seen Makarand Deshpande's play "Sir Sir Sarla-1". You were outstanding of all. Did we lose a great actor for a new director?
riyaztak asked, y u don't make movies with big stars like aamir,shahrukh?
sandeep asked, hi anurag you appeared in the movie in a scene in an elevator. any significance of that scene?
omkar asked, Anurag, when will you make films like Omkara......
Rinkesh asked, Hey Anurag, What inspired you of making movie like No Smoking?
pm3313 asked, One of my concerns , using actors like John and Paresh rawal [Images] - I hope You veer away from the use of bankable and known stars and introduce and hunt for unknown but brilliant actors.
yd asked, Anurag we are with you. It happens to everybody. We got to learn from our mistakes.We hope you will give us somethig spl next time.
ashitosh asked, Hi Anurag, had read the book Black Friday. My POV is the little little 3-4 incidents described in the book,shud have been filmed in the same way. It cud have added more human dimesion. Though must say, overall the film was v. good. thnx
dineshd asked, great work anurag, u make movies for urself(very self indulgent) and not for the audiences, which is required to respect an art form like cinema
manik asked, Hi, Whats ur next project??
satrughan asked, And one more question why K finger was cut off in last scene despite of "Shudikaran" of his soul???
Rahul_tvm asked, Hi, What is ur opinion abt (Priyadharshan film Director)
Juri asked, Hi Anurag, In my opinion, this is one of the worst Hindi movies ever. It ranks alongside other gems like BOOM, CLERK and RGV KI AAG.
dsree332 asked, Hi Anurag how do draft your scripts do u take inspiration from books or incidents or u fantasize the scenes
Rinki asked, Hi Anurag, loved your film. astounding!!
riya1223 asked, hi anurag i love the songs of no smokin pls tell us bout ayesha takia's role?
kamal asked, One can do deeds which can burn his soul?which is suppossed to be scrosanct form absolutely everything.... JUSTIFY THEN YR PROJECTION IN THE MOVIE..
riyaztak asked, why do u always make dark movies?
samdas asked, did u like Chak De India?
RAMGOPALVERMA asked, WHY DID U DUMPED RAM GOPAL VEWRMA
sangeeta asked, It was really new....you showed credits in the end...and the film still continues...WOW!!but the side effect was....almost the entire audience walked out
KU asked, Hi Anurag, I know the idea you have kept in No Smoking is simply amazing, but missed your grip to define well for the viewers ..... what you say!!!
riyaztak asked, what made u cast john in no smoking?
Don't miss the concluding part of the chat transcript tommorow.