Starring: John Abraham, Ayesha Takia, Ranvir
Shorey, Joy Fernandas, Paresh Rawal
The movie begins with the hero K (John Abraham) having
nightmares. He is a heavy smoker and an unapologetic one
at that because he's a stubborn and obnoxious guy, who
does exactly what he wants His disgruntled wife Anjali (Ayesha
Takia) is fed up with his habit and is all set to leave
him. The trouble begins and we have K, in his bathtub,
having a surreal dream of being lost in Siberia without
"What do you want for our anniversary?" asks the
arrogant husband admiring himself smoking, while his
wife looks though him and utters- "Divorce".
Want a cure to divorce? The better quit smoking.
K is mentally blackmailed not to have any more
cigarettes, else worse would happen to his kin and pals
shows off his technical creativity and ends up with no
proper script, and confusing dream sequences of
nightmares and reality like the bad dream the hero often
gets about being somewhere in Russia where gun-toting
comrades take potshots at him.
Trying unsuccessfully to get panoramic shots of Mumbai's
traffic, the director succeeds with the John Abraham's
sensitive performance as a man more sinning than sinned
against - still a viewer is denied his right to be
The movie has parallels to "Kafka" and Steven
Spielberg's "Schindler's List". Hallucinogenic images
are portrayed amidst a deluge of cryptic dialogues. The
narrative plays a dismaying mind-game where the
smoker-hero gets trapped in a sewage underbelly, an
underground world somewhat referring to the slums of
Dharavi in Mumbai.
It also has a sinister
Baba Bengali (Paresh Rawal) presiding over freaks and
cranks, all photographed in sepia-toned colours. This Baba
guarantees results provided his strict rules are followed.
So when Anjali
finally leaves him, K decides to consult a Baba to help
him quit the habit. From depths of Baba's dungeons to the
dirty looking atmosphere, the film is peppered with
strange characters, stranger situations, stranger friends
Abbas Tyrewala (Ranvir Shorey) who's returned after his
"course", losing 2 fingers as they are chopped at the
Baba's adobe to K's brother who is a German and lying on
hospital bed gasping for life.
Ayesha Takia is watchable and
portrays a nice concerned wife, and sometimes as a
secretary - which is still a mystery, why?
The movie unfolds like a bad dream and spins into a
downward spiral that's unreal, incomprehensible and leaves
Recommended for those who smoke, but are looking for a
reason to quit.
For those who are away from the smoking habit, this movie
is genuinely injurious to their health.
Haphazard throughout, the movie succeeds in one thing - it
shows rubble of dreams, nightmares, illusions and
delusions that take the protagonist from chain smoking to
a Hitlerian gas chamber where he's suffocated to death.
The message is loud and clear - to QUIT.
John Abraham - K
Ranvir Shorey - Abbas Tyrewala
Joy Fernandes - Alex
Ayesha Takia - Anjali / Honey
Bipasha Basu - Special Appearance
Paresh Rawal - Shri shri prakash Guru ghantal baba
bangali sealdah wale
Jesse Randhawa - girl in item number
Kiku Sharda - The Doctor
Saif Ali Khan - Special Appearance
- Vishal Bharadwaj, Sunil Lula, Kumar Mangat
Director - Anurag Kashyap
Lyrics - Gulzar
Writing credits - Anurag Kashyap
Original Music - Vishal Bharadwaj
Film Editing - Aarti Bajaj
Visual effects - Avik Banerjee
Compositor - Devrishi Chatterjee
Asistant colorist - Mahesh Deshpande
Compositing Supervisor - Sarang Deshpande
Digital Composer - Balakrishnan P.S. Nadar, Naveen
CG Animator - Dange Sangram
Compositor - Ashwin Singh
Choreographer - Ashley Lobo