No Smoking - External Reviews

wogma rating: Buy the DVD already (?)
quick review:

It is fascinating to go to a movie and not see a story but the picturization of an idea. The visualization then is just a starting point for the audience's imagination. My suggestion - don’t look for a linear description of events, look for how this idea, this concept takes shape.



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29 reviewers have given No Smoking an average rating of 1.6/5.0 (?)

9 yays
19 nays
1 so-so

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Thumbs up B4U TV ...Does the system make a demon of a normal man?,... full review

Thumbs up by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...I doubt we’ll see something as self-indulgent as No Smoking on the Indian screen – and I mean this as a serious, sincere compliment.... full review

Thumbs up by Fatema H Kagalwala, Business of Cinema ...No Smoking is in the genre of European experimental films. It has a distinct voice and an even more distinct tone.... full review

Thumbs up by Abhishek Bandekar, DearCinema ...If you take away the cigarettes, No Smoking is an autobiographical film... full review

Thumbs up by DoZ, Dreaming of Zihuatanejo ...And this new found thirst for logic from a country raised on utterly illogical cinema is both amusing and annoying.... full review

Thumbs up by Anupama Chopra, NDTV ...Like Opera music or black truffle mushrooms, No Smoking is an acquired taste... full review

Thumbs up by Siddharth Pillai, Passion for Cinema ...The art design and editing lend vertigo and paranoia to the visuals as Vishal Bharadwaj’s superbly employed soundtrack amplifies the dream-reality trip.... full review

Thumbs up by Madhu Chandra, Passion for Cinema ...I can’t stop appreciating the guy who made it; for that matter any one can’t stop doing that once they get the point.... full review

Thumbs up Urge to Fly ...During those 140 minutes, Anurag Kashyap took me on an intense round of mental calisthenics, after which I emerged exhausted - not tedium but a euphoric state of intense hang-over.... full review

So-So by Akshay Shah, Akshay Shah must give Anurag Kashyap credit for making a movie that requires the viewers full attention for the entire duration... full review

Thumbs down by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ... There is no logical progression in the story.... full review

Thumbs down by Deep, Deep's Home ...Sorry guys, I am from aam janta and I really can’t stop bashing this... full review

Thumbs down by Indu Mirani, DNA ...Ayesha Takia, looking awfully rounded, sleepwalks through her part.... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ...Ok, the film is stylish and has good production values, but what good is that if the film makes no sense at all?... full review

Thumbs down by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...None... full review

Thumbs down by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...It's an unconventional film without your usual Hindi film clichés, but my question is – is that enough to celebrate it as a good film?... full review

Thumbs down by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...Kashyap, who is an accomplished writer himself, ought to know by now that moviegoers want to watch a good story at the end of the day... full review

Thumbs down by Amit Kaundinya, J.A.M ...But forget answering those questions, the movie keeps posing more questions as the film proceeds and you begin to understand that the film maker has no intention of answering any of your questions... full review

Thumbs down by Amit R Agarwal, merinews ...A strict NO to No Smoking... full review

Thumbs down Movie Talkies ...Hats off to his brilliant intellect and all of that, but he fails to pull off No Smoking... full review

Thumbs down by Ashok Nayak, Now ... From the start to the end, no matter how hard you try to keep your mind calm and free it just gets confusing and exasperating and you find it just impossible to connect yourself to the movie.... full review

Thumbs down by Subhash K Jha, Now ...Regrettably, "No Smoking" is as amusing and entertaining as a root-canal job done by a dentist hell-bent on causing pain.... full review

Thumbs down by Phoenixnu, Passion for Cinema ...the Khajur who (I) kud not understand K ? neither Karan nor Kyunki!!... full review

Thumbs down by Hanumant Bhansali, Radio Sargam ...The main storyline and the narration is completely sidelined by the amount of hard work put into perfecting the colour, frame, background score and other technical aspects of the film.... full review

Thumbs down by Prithviraj Hegde, Rediff ...It's narcissistic and vain-glorious -- that totally ignores the sort of audience that may end up watching it.... full review

Thumbs down by Naomi Datta, Times Now ...This is an exercise in self indulgence, and an experiment which just doesn't work. Or may be we are not evolved enough. Whatever!... full review

Thumbs down by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ... No Smoking leaves you completely baffled and desperately looking for logic in its surreal sequences... full review

Thumbs down by Saakshi Juneja, To Each Its Own ...Ayesha Takia – Someone please enroll her at the nearest gym.... full review