'I owe my presence in the industry to Sunny Deol'

Candid talk

'I owe my presence in the industry to Sunny Deol'

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali gives all the credit for his success to Sunny Deol, who gave him his first break in Bollywood with ‘Socha Na Tha’.

In a candid chat with ‘Metrolife’, Ali expresses his gratitude to the star saying, “Sunny Deol is the first producer to give me a break in the film industry. So, I owe my presence in the industry to him. Though we are not friends, I respect him a lot and I’ll always give him credit for making me who I am now.”

So, will we ever see Deol in any of his movies? “I hope he will be there in one my future movies but for that I need to have something good enough to offer him. It depends on the story that you have, you can’t cheat on that. I couldn’t have cast Sunny Deol in a movie like ‘Tamasha’,” he says. However, the 44-year-old doesn’t seem to be very fond of the word ‘Bollywood’, as it limits the reach and impact of Indian cinema.

“The future of Indian cinema is bright. We are going more universal as far as our cinema language is concerned. It has become a product of life in our country where the market has broadened extensively. I have seen cinema evolving, because when I was making my initial few films like ‘Socha Na Tha’ and ‘Jab We Met’, it was supposed to be little off the target. Now such a movie will be completely in the middle of the line and not any experimental cinema. But we have to get rid of the word ‘Bollywood’, if we really want to stand out somewhere,”  he says.

His films like ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’, ‘Rockstar’ and ‘Highway’ are a testimony of his perfection. Yet he calls himself an imperfectionist and aims to reach perfection.

“My attempt is to understand clearly what I’m feeling and trying to express it in whatever way it happens,” he says, adding, “Cinema for me is a great medium. First as an audience to go watch and understand things that are beyond my own life, and as a
filmmaker and director it is an opportunity for me to live a life and share it with the world. It’s like some sort of a mass communication thing.”

His latest movie ‘Tamasha’, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, is an example of his creative mind. The movie, because of the unique narration, has received positive response at the box-office.

“I’m very pleased to see how people really loved and paid attention to the movie. The fact that it got some extra time in the theatre makes me even happier”.

Ali used to love writing poems and scripts for plays but he never thought of becoming a filmmaker. “Initially I was a part of theatre and was quite happy doing it. In between, I also ventured into television. I always thought that this will remain my hobby because these things don’t really become a profession. It was only after coming into movies I realised that this is where I want to be. I don’t know how, quite magically, I have been led into this journey,” he says.

Ali describes his journey as “pleasant” and feels that he is accepted by the Hindi film industry with open arms.

   “They are large-hearted people I have ever seen. They accepted me with open arms. I’ve never felt so accepted in my life as I feel in this industry.”

Without revealing much about his next venture, he says he “plans to do a light and fun movie”.

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