I want to direct what I feel is interesting - not what is supposed to be my zone: Imtiaz Ali
I was not studying and I failed. I was so self-conscious after that and for the first three days, I could just not go back to school. This whole embarrassment of failing and craning my neck down and avoiding my friends who had become my seniors, was difficult. "Even though I had failed, my father never made me feel worse and was only there to always encourage me." says Ali.
Known for his offbeat and irrelevant cinema, Imtiaz Ali is a man who needs no introduction
If I had to describe Imtiaz Ali in just one word then it would be "Intense".
An Indian Film Director and writer who actually started from the starch. Born and bought up in Jamshedpur and Patna respectively. He did his masters from the Hindu College, University of Delhi, where he started the theaters.
Beginning his career from directing TV programs including 'Kurukshetra' for Zee TV and Imtihaan for Doordarshan. He made his directorial debut in 2005 'Socha Na Tha' starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. Despite its box office failure, the film won critical acclaim!
But then his second film Jab We Met, starring Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor became his first box office hit.
After Jab we met his next film was Love Aaj Kal starring Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone emerged as his biggest commercial success till date.
Imtiaz Ali got his next big break from his movie Rockstar that released in 2009 starring Ranbir Kapoor, and Nargis Fakhri did well at the box office despite mixed reviews. It was a huge turning point in both the actor's as well as the director's career. As Ranbir Kapoor's transformed look contributed a lot in the film's success.
This was one big film narrating a musical journey of Jordan a character which gets inspired by the iconic rock singer, songwriter, and poet
"The film wanted to get itself made. It decided when it wanted to get made, how it wanted to get made and by who. I decided to never to get in its way. Because I always knew that this film was bigger than me."
Then he founded 'Window Seat Films' (his own production company) in 2013, Who's first release was Highway. Starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, the film was well appreciated by critics.Alia Bhatt,
Highway is a remake of Imtiaz Ali's own television film of the same title that he shot as part of the series Rishteytelecast on the Zee Channel 14 years ago. Imtiaz says he needed more space and a larger canvas to tell the story
He met Alia Bhatt when she was at the age of 5. Mahesh Bhatt introduced them, warning his little daughter, "Be nice to him. Otherwise, he wouldn't sign you when you grow up." Little Alia had turned her face away. She still got Highway; Says Imtiaz
His next production film, Tamasha, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles was criticized for being similar to Rockstar and was released to mixed reviews on November 27, 2015.
There's nothing I do consciously to make all my films similar said Imtiaz Ali in an interview during the release of film 'Tamasha'.