Director Sudipto Chattopadhyay wanted Bipasha to smoke on screen for an important part. But she is strictly against smoking and refused to do it. When she was given the choice of holding the cigarette, she rejected even that option. She felt that if she holds a cigarette or smokes it, she will be endorsing smoking. Finally, Sudipto came up with a creative solution. He placed a canister jar in front of her which emitted smoke and it was shot in a way that it looked as if the smoke was coming out of her mouth.
Bipasha has always been against smoking. She had refused to smoke even in Corporate. She wasn"t even in favour of boyfriend John Abraham doing No Smoking. Sudipto didn"t have any problem with Bipasha"s behaviour. He felt that the actor should be comfortable with what they are doing.
While Bipasha Basu is a thorough professional, she will never compromise on her health. She is known to be extremely health conscious and never smokes or drinks. She has, therefore, declined to even hold a cigarette, let alone smoke it, in her upcoming film Pankh.