Cinema mirrors society, and we can relate to the characters on screen because the characters’ lives are wrapped up in the same vices and virtues that surround us. One such vice that has affected the masses through decades is the portrayal of tobacco use on-screen. ‘World No Tobacco Day’ is celebrated on May 31, and it is important to address how pop culture and cinema have normalised tobacco use. From Tony Montana (Al Pacino) from Scarface to Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) from Peaky Blinders, our favourite characters have always been glorified as “iconic cigar/cigarette smokers,” more than anything else.
Metrolife brings to you seven films that dealt with tobacco use:
No Smoking (2007)
The neo-noir, psychological thriller by Anurag Kashyap is adapted from Stephen King’s short story ‘Quitters, Inc’. The John Abraham and Ayesha Takia-starrer is about a chain-smoker who visits a rehabilitation centre to quit smoking. The protagonist signs a cheque for Rs 21 lakh and is…