No Smoking (tbc)

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This non-Bollywood Indian film tells a deeply tiresome and gimmicky story of one man's fight with his habit. A corporate narcissist named K is so addicted to cigarettes that his wife threatens to leave him unless he quits smoking. The cure on which he embarks is nothing like what you'd find on any Allen Carr programme – a phantasmagoric journey into a netherworld that makes him deafer but apparently no wiser.

While intended as a comedy, there's not a scintilla of wit to be found here, let alone an honest-to-goodness laugh, and at over two hours, it goes way beyond a joke.

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