Smoking is a tough habit to kick. Despite the urges, Anurag Kashyap, who once directed No Smoking, a movie about a chain smoker, has now decided to give up smoking.
Kashyap, who regularly uses smoking as a ‘prop’ in his movies and had even filed a petition in the Bombay High Court in 2013 challenging the censor board’s notification that mandated certain warning in movies with smoking scenes, has gone tobacco-free since 40 days and is experiencing positive changes in his body.
40 days since I quit smoking .. have started to eat like a pig and to counter that I swam a 100 lengths in 93 minutes in a 30 metre pool.. And when i smoked , I ate less , was much fatter, and could swim equivalent of a km in 40 minute and only sometime push it to more than that. Now its easier to swim 90 mts everyday. I can feel my breath, I dont choke, I dont cough all the time , I don’t wake up with a heavy head and its only forty days. But yes sometime the temptation to pick it back up does surface especially when everyone around us is smoking .Me , the chainsmoker for 25 years , the one who made “no smoking”.. is forced to admit that life is so much better without picking a cigarette.
The director marvels at how his body feels so much better even just 40 days into quitting. However, he says that even with these benefits, the temptation to pick up a cigarette is still rife, especially when someone nearby smokes. Nevertheless, he ends his post with the admission that life is definitely better without this particular vice.
While a lot of patience and sheer determination are pivotal for starters, sometimes inspiration helps too. Here’s a look at some chain-smoking Bollywood actors, who managed to quit smoking successfully.
Saif Ali Khan
A perpetual smoker, Saif wouldn’t have even dreamt of giving up on this habit, had it not been for a heart-attack. The incident changed his life, and not only has he quit for good, but also abstains from consuming alcohol
Konkona Sen Sharma
Motherhood changes one’s lifestyle completely – and Konkona Sen Sharma is living proof of it. Addicted to smoking all her life, she ditched it when she became pregnant with her son. She was quoted saying, “The pregnancy meant a complete change in lifestyle. I used to be a smoker, overnight I couldn’t smoke or drink at all.”
Just like Saif, Salman too learnt his lesson the hard way. But fortunately, when it was still not too late. A nerve ailment made him kick the butt for good, and he has been on the road to good health ever since.
Parents can do anything for children, and celebs are no different. Coaxing, nagging, pleading – Aamir’s children from his first wife did everything they could to make their Dad give up the disgusting habit. He significantly reduced his intake on their request, and eventually gave up smoking when his third child, Azaad was born.
Hrithik unsuccessfully tried many a time to give up smoking, from talking to people to google-ing endlessly. Good fortune hit him finally, when he encountered a book, ‘Easy Way To Stop Smoking’ by Alan Carr. That was the day he smoked his last cigarette.