Back home No Smoking has been largely panned for its cryptic storytelling. But in Rome where it's currently being screened the film has been heartily received. Director Anurag Kashyap who's currently attending the Rome Film festival is very pleased with the response.
“The Italian reviews have been favourable. We got a standing ovation and a lot of compliments. I suppose Europe appreciates an attempt to do something new on screen far more than India. Hopefully, our country too would come around some day."
Anurag admits No Smoking isn't an easy film to ingest. "I know it isn't a film that audiences will take to immediately. But if it's assessed properly and honestly it would help to put the work in a perspective for audiences."
He feels biased criticism isn't conducive to encouraging a path-breaking cinema. "It just makes the filmmaker angry and forces him to retaliate."