'No Smoking is not a grim film'- Vishal Bhardwaj


By Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM

Vishal Bhardwaj's first attempt at production, No Smoking directed by

Anurag Kashyap, is all set to be released for pre-Diwali, 26 October.

"Yes, the date is decided and we're all very excited," says Vishal. He

describes the film as a light-hearted attempt to explore the miseries and

pitfalls of smoking. "It's not a grim film. It has very light moments….and

five songs composed by me, one them is lip-sync."

An item song sung by Vishal's talented wife Rekha has also been

recorded, though it's not decided yet whether the zingy number filmed on

Bipasha Basu will be used in the film or just for promotional


Vishal dismisses all comparisons between No Smoking and Jason

Reitman's Thank You For Smoking. "I haven't even seen that film. When

Anurag Kashyap came to me with the script for No Smoking I just fell in

love with it and immediately decided to produce it," says Vishal.

A story that the trailer of Vishal Bhardwaj's No Smoking was

'sabotaged' from the theatres on Friday when it was meant to be screened

nation-wide has its producer amused.

"What really happened was that there were too many trailers to be

screened all at once. The theatres began to pick and choose trailers at

random." In fact, the No Smoking trailer was shown at several theatres in

different shows.