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No smoking tells of a smoker’s woes on celluloid

Kashyap thinks it’s important for one to stop smoking to enjoy a good sex life, reports Bhawna Gera.

health and fitness Updated: Sep 29, 2007 23:26 IST
Bhawna Gera
Bhawna Gera
Hindustan Times

Jab bhi cigarette jalti hai, dil mera jalta hai, This song from Anurag Kashyap’s latest film No Smoking aptly describes the effect of smoking on the heart. Also, points out Kashyap, it refers to the state of mind of a person trying to quit smoking.

The film is about a chain smoker who is faced with certain circumstances that force him to quit. Like his leading man John Abraham, Kashyap is a chain smoker trying very hard to quit.

“It’s tough getting rid of the addiction even when you know it is killing you. I know a lot of people who regret their first cigarette. For someone young, it’s just another cool way to impress girls. But once it becomes an addiction, you can’t stop,” says Kasyhap, who started smoking at the age of 19. “That was 15 years ago and I am still at it. All my health problems are related to smoking,” he says.

No Smoking is his way of telling people about tobacco addiction. “I’m not preaching because no one likes to be lectured. The film is really a comic-thriller with direct and indirect messages for the audience. What they do with the information is up to them,” says Kashyap.

Life for a smoker is not just unhealthy, but also increasingly hard. “Not only is smoking an expensive habit about Rs 4 a cigarette but also causes many problems. On a trip to the US, I would walk long distances to smoke because I could not do it indoors. In desperation, I would ask, “Why the hell am I doing this for a smoke?”

Family and friends can help, but not in the long run, he feels. “You may not smoke for some time to please a person, but you always start again. I know smoking is a bloody addiction. I’ve read everything about it and know its dangers. Try as I may, I pick up a cigarette every again,” says Kashyap.

If not for any other reason, Kashyap thinks it’s important for one to stop smoking to enjoy a good sex life. “Smoking reduces your stamina so much so that you can’t enjoy sex. It also causes impotence. So don’t smoke if you don’t want your girlfriend or wife to dump you,” he laughs. “It also makes you stink. Before she says ‘You smell like an ashtray,’ you should quit. I know I will.”

First Published: Sep 29, 2007 23:21 IST