Anurag Kashyap belongs to a different breed of directors altogether, who cannot be slotted in any genre of filmmaking. Still, if one has to ‘cage’ him into a slot, the two words that will aptly describe his style are ‘realistic’ and ‘meaningful’. Proof of this, are in the form of his works in films like Satya, Kaun?, Yuva, Water (as a writer) and Paanch, Black Friday (as a director) .
He waves his magical directorial wand yet again on the much-awaited film called No Smoking. If the promos of this film are anything to go by, then, we doubt if the jury will have to ponder (unlike this year) hard to choose their nominations for the next year’s Oscars! Over to you, Anurag…Lets : Hi Anurag, are you excited or nervous about your film No Smoking?
Anurag Kashyap: I am very excited and anxious.
Fenil Seta: Hello Mr. Anurag! This is FENIL. I loved your film BLACK FRIDAY. I think it is a masterpiece! Good work!
Anurag Kashyap: thank you Fenil.
Papaji : Is it true that John in real life is a non-smoker has he changed now?
Anurag Kashyap: John is a non smoker and he smoked for the film.
Fenil Seta : Could you please tell us something about your other forthcoming flicks?
Anurag Kashyap: Fenil, my other forthcoming films are Hanuman Returns and Dev D and Gulaal.
mauli : Why you aren’t talking to media about the film?
Anurag Kashyap: Mauli, I’m talking to the media.
jimpattni : Is it true Kangana was supposed to be the leading lady of No Smoking?
Anurag Kashyap: I did approach Kangana,yes.
rumi : Hi which films editing you liked and you think it was awesome?
Anurag Kashyap: I think metro was very well edited and of course, Black Friday was the one.
jimpattni : What’s no smoking is all about?
Anurag Kashyap: No Smoking is a story of a chain smoker and how he is
made to quit smoking and it is a mind fucking.
Alom : How was working with John?
Anurag Kashyap: Alom, brilliant.
krishna : What is your take on the music of the film?
Anurag Kashyap: The music goes with the film very well.. I love the music.
tutu : I would like to see you working with Aishwarya Rai.
Anurag Kashyap: Tutu, I don't see myself doing that.
sardar : You started your career as a dialogue writer before that what were you doing?
Anurag Kashyap: Sardar.. I was studying zoology honors in Hansraj College, Delhi
Sardar: John seems to be too predictable in his expression than way you chose him?
Anurag Kashyap: Lola, you will change the opinion about him after you watch my film. I don't go by what one is supposed to be but by what one is.
ozair : Was John Abraham was the original choice for ''No Smoking''?
Anurag Kashyap: No, John wasn’t the original choice but now I think he is the best.
geezi : What is it about the script that really got you so excited?
Anurag Kashyap: Geezi, The fact that I wrote it.
sandy : Do you think, remake of a film is good?
Anurag Kashyap: Sandy, Every individual has it own thinking.
rockyhorror : Mr. Kashyap, is your film inspired by "Thank You For Not Smoking"?
Anurag Kashyap: Rocky horror, clearly no.
sardar : What you like most dialogue, screenplay, or direction?
Anurag Kashyap: Sardar, direction.
tutu : Hi Anurag ,is thani working with u?
Anurag Kashyap: Yes, thani is working with me, Tutu Basu.
sardar : How to become scriptwriter or dialogue writer, please guide me in this?
Anurag Kashyap: Sardar, just started writing weather it is good script or bad.
gasha : I think your comments about your film were just to get some publicity....your say?
Anurag Kashyap: Gasha, What ever you think.
mauli : We haven’t read a single interview of yours from last few weeks. Why is it so?
Anurag Kashyap: Mauli, I have been busy mixing.
mauli : I heard that first you decide to cast Raj Kumar Santoshi for No Smoking, is it true?
Anurag Kashyap: Yes, I wanted to cast Mr. Santoshji but he couldn’t find time.
sardar : Your favorite scene in the movie?
Anurag Kashyap: yes, it is a psychotic one, sardar.. My favorite scene is the flash back one.
mauli : Hi Anurag., there is a lot of expectations from you since Black Friday. Do you think no smoking will be able to live up to that? The promos look awesome.
Anurag Kashyap: Mauli, No Smoking is nothing like Black Friday and that doesn’t mean it is anything less.
ridhs : hi Anurag...I heard that you are producing film with...Aamir and Rajeev Khandelwal.. I really salute your choice ...please tell us about the film.
Anurag Kashyap: Rids, it is a real time thriller with terrorism is the central theme.
geezi : Hi Anurag, which is your favorite film?
Anurag Kashyap: My favorite film is Bicycle Thief.
Rishabh : What’s your view about film journalists?
Anurag Kashyap: Rishabh, film journalists are just doing their job.
bhavna : After you have finished editing No Smoking, Do you think Black Friday was well edited or No Smoking.
Anurag Kashyap: bhavna, that is what I understand and reality can be commercial…give me a chance to prove it
sardar : What you think, how far your film will influence the contemporary society?
Anurag Kashyap: It remains to be seen, Sardar.
paakayac : Don’t you think Hindi cinema now getting versatile?
Anurag Kashyap: Paakaya.. I love the direction in which Hindi cinema heading.
tutu : Do you religiously watch all Bhansali films?
Anurag Kashyap: No, Tutu.
rocky horror : I’ve seen Black Friday and it was an exceptionally well-made film. Except the fact that the dialogues were not clear.
Anurag Kashyap: I Apologies, rocky horror. . Next time you will hear the dialogues clearly.
Fenil Seta : Do you think HANUMAN RETURNS will prove to be a as successful as HANUMAN.
Anurag Kashyap: Hanuman returns will be the biggest blockbuster ever.
jimpattni : did you regret as Black Friday was not considered for Oscar?
Anurag Kashyap: We forgot to send the film for the Oscar
sardar : I like the title of the movie, how you thought of it?
Anurag Kashyap: My producer thought of it.
paakayac : Are you doing any horror film?
Anurag Kashyap: No Smoking is also a horror.
rahul: What happened to your Paanch?
Anurag Kashyap: Paanch, will release soon.
shah rukh : Why are you constantly seeking to be sensational?
Anurag Kashyap: I am not seeking sensationalism. The sensationalism is seeking me.
Shikha : What is your worst experience in life?
Anurag Kashyap: Shikha, my worst experience in life was a film Shakalaka Boom.
rockyhorror : Mr. Kashyap, how difficult is it to sell a good script in a Bollywood?
Anurag Kashyap: Rocky horror, try try until you succeed.
Rahall : I liked your Black Friday, Was there any problem using real names?
Anurag Kashyap: Rahul, no problems.
sardar : Which thing fascinates you most about the industry?
Anurag Kashyap: Sardar, A possibilities and the challenge fascinates me the most.
sardar : Give reason, why we watch your movie?
Anurag Kashyap: Sardar,Because you have seen nothing like it before?
sardar : Tell me how I can be a scriptwriter?
Anurag Kashyap: Sardar, finish a script first good or bad.
mauli : Why don’t you mix with people?
Anurag Kashyap: Mauli.. I love my own company.
timtomlee : Anurag you are a genius.
Anurag Kashyap: Thank you, Timtomiie.
imran : I’m a smoker, how is this movie going to affect me?
Anurag Kashyap: Imran... you will be very scared
LOLA : Other than John, who do you think is the most underrated actor is working in mainstream Hindi films?
Anurag Kashyap: Abhay Deol, Lola.
Johnny.G : Anurag, when you can write crap for movies like the Sunil/Dharmesh Darshan movie, why do you bitch about Yash Chopra who does the same for money? Why the double standards mate?
Anurag Kashyap: Johnny .G, just because my name was in the credit doesn’t mean I wrote the film.
Shanty : Hello, did it scare you when you saw the film? Have you seen it yet?
Anurag Kashyap: Shanty, yes, I have seen the film but it does not scare me because I have made the film.
Shanty : hi Anurag, what has been the inspiration for No Smoking?
Anurag Kashyap: Shanty, A short story by Stephen king.
Krishna Lall : Hi Anurag, would you work with big stars like Salman Khan and SRK?
Anurag Kashyap: Krishna, yes I want to work with SRK
King : Is there action in No Smoking?
Anurag Kashyap: Yes, there is a lot of action in No Smoking, king.
Krishna Lall : Who is your favorite actor and actress in Bollywood?
Anurag Kashyap: K.K is my favorite actor and Konkana is my favorite actress.
Shanty : Anurag, I’m a creative group head in advertising agency in Dubai...am planning to come to Bombay to start off as a scriptwriter...can I meet you?
Anurag Kashyap: yes, Shanty
vishwas : Can you tell me, how did you felt after Black Friday is released?
Anurag Kashyap: I feel relieved, Vishwas.
Shanty : Wow...good to know Stephen king is now in Bollywood...I have a great thriller story...is it possible for me to mail it to you?
Anurag Kashyap: Shanty, I have changed everything but base is still remains the same.
Bhavesh : Say if I am right... I have seen cat's eye.. It’s a nice movie... is it going be a similar or you have made many changes?
Anurag Kashyap: Bhavesh, there is nothing similar you will soon get on 26 Oct.
imran : What do you think of OSCAR? Black Friday was a good contender what you think?
Anurag Kashyap: Everybody loves the Oscar Imran. But there is no as such thing as a best film.
Shanty : Ok...what's your favorite scary film (horror/thriller/suspense/surreal/macabre)?
Anurag Kashyap: Shanty, my favorite scary film is Shining.
rockyhorror : Mr. Kashyap, will you ever shoot a film in Panavision.
Anurag Kashyap: Yes, Rocky horror, give me the camera and I will do it.
karen : What are your hobbies?
Anurag Kashyap: My hobbies is just movies.
shahadat-NYC : Why do you like John Abraham?
Anurag Kashyap: I like John because he likes me.
Shanty : Do you plan to make comedy films?
Anurag Kashyap: shanty, I have written a comedy
Rocky horror : What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Anurag Kashyap: rocky horror. I love New York, London and Paris.
shahadat-NYC : No smoking is an unusual Hindi film name. Do you think Indian audience will welcome this name?
Anurag Kashyap: Indian audience will love No Smoking.
lets : Where do you see yourself in 10 years
Anurag Kashyap: I see myself right here talking about my films.
Bhavesh : Who’s your favorite director in Hindi film industry right now?
Anurag Kashyap: Sriram Raghvan and Anurag Basu, Bhavesh.
King : Do you think John Abraham has done good job in the film?
Anurag Kashyap: John Abraham did very well, king
Shanty : Can I become your assistant Anurag?
Anurag Kashyap: Shanty, talk to my associate.
Aamir : I hope your movie will rock and my best wishes is with you.
Anurag Kashyap: Thank you, Aamir.
chandudon : Is media responsible for Black Friday results?
Anurag Kashyap: Chaududon, I don't understand your question.
Ak47: Song Phook de is a promotional song?
Anurag Kashyap: Phook de is a promotional song.
rockyhorror : Any recent international film that you admire?
Anurag Kashyap: I love, Two Months Three Weeks and Four Days.
laveen : Anurag, how many movies you have done with Ramu?
Anurag Kashyap: I did my best with Ramu is Satya,Shool, and Kaun.
imran : Is No Smoking connected to your life in any way?
Anurag Kashyap: There is a lot of my life in No Smoking.
karen : To become a director from where did you start?
Anurag Kashyap: Karen.. You always start at the bottom.
mauli : Hey Anurag, how did you rate yourself as a director?
Anurag Kashyap: Mauli, I rate myself as always trying something getting.
Rocky horror : Is it difficult to produce an artistic film with little commercial value in Bollywood?
Anurag Kashyap: It’s difficult to do that anywhere in the world.
King : Are you going to do more films with John Abraham?
Anurag Kashyap: yes, king.
Laveen : And hey,....you didn't tell us about your movie paanch? When you are planning to release?
Anurag Kashyap: Paanch will release soon.
srk : hi, Anurag did you like SRK in Chak De?
Anurag Kashyap: I loved SRK in Chak De.
imran : Smokers are normally not that healthy looking than way did you pick John?
Anurag Kashyap: Imran.. I was looking for an altered go
shahadat-NYC : Do you think actress like Raveena, Karishma,Mahima, or Urmila can strongly come back to Bollywood?
Anurag Kashyap: Anyone can make a comeback if they really want to ,Bhavesh.
Aamir : Are you working any of yours future projects?
Anurag Kashyap: Shanti.. I’m remaking Devdas.
rockyhorror : Mr. Kashyap, Are you into Indian classical music?
Anurag Kashyap: I hear it but I’m not into it.
Aamir : What do you think which movie will do well on box-office OSO or Saawariya?
Anurag Kashyap: Jab We Met.
Anurag Kashyap: Thank you everybody I have to get back to my mixing.. Talk to you on my blog.