By: Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
Thursday, October 04, 2007
While on Anurag Kashyap, are you aware Shahrukh Khan was the
first choice for the principal role in No Smoking? “He was
keen to do the film. He even said he"d do it for his kids. But, for
some reason, he couldn"t accommodate my film," Anurag states.
Anurag remembers those days. “I was a dejected man.
Paanch was showing no signs of releasing and Black
Friday was held up. I was desperate to start a film. One
night, I text-messaged all the top actors, telling them about the
script of No Smoking. The only person who responded to my
message was John Abraham. He heard the script the very next morning
and said 'Yes" instantly. He even said he"d get a producer to back
this script," the talented director reminisces.
Anurag continues, “In the meanwhile, Vishal Bhardwaj called to
enquire if I"d be interested in starting a film for his banner. I
narrated No Smoking to him and he suggested Saif Ali
Khan"s name. But I told him that I"d already committed to John.
That"s how the ball started rolling."