News|February 3, 2011 10:59 pm

Imtiaz Ali: I Can’t Make Sequels


Making sequel is not a task for everybody. Yeah that’s true, if every director in Bollywood is busy in making sequels, then on contrary,  Imtiaz Ali confesses that making sequels is not a cup his tea.

The director, who made films like “Socha Na Tha” and “Love Aaj Kal”, says,

“Sequels are not for me. I really feel that any kind of movie that I have made has sort of exhausted the script. From a movie point of view, for me as a director, there is no interest left in a story after I have made it.”

When asked from him how did he feel when his film, Jab We Met, which is coming soon in small screen as tele-format, Love You Zindigi, Imtiaz said,

“TV is a different medium. Films involve a different way of telling a story. The style is very singular and it has a fixed duration. So when you have to do that, you find that a lot of material gets thrown up which cannot find a way into the duration of a film. And, if there is an interest in that material and an opportunity to see it in a serial, why not use it?”

Imtiaz has also directed shows like “Purushetra” and “Imthihaan” in late 1990s before entering Bollywood. The filmmaker says,

“I have failed before as a director on TV, so I am a little scared…don’t know whether I will ever try again. I don’t watch TV much but I do know it has progressed to become an industry. Earlier when I was directing TV serials, we were trying to make films on TV, and it wasn’t working for me at least.

“I had my freedom, but I was told ‘You spend too much’ or ‘It’s a nice shot…but it won’t be visible on a small TV’! So I could never really adjust to that. Some of the work that I did was good, but not necessarily successful,”

Moreover, he feels he is not suited for TV.

Honestly speaking – with no level of modesty or arrogance, I would say I am not suited to TV. Maybe I’ve seen too many films sitting in the dark theatres while I was growing up…so anything that comes to my mind is in the movie format.

“Besides, there are a lot of lost souls in the film industry..and I feel I belong there because they are all as weird as I am. So I feel a sense of camaraderie in the movie business.”

However, if all goes as per plan, the 39-year-old, known for his unkempt locks and casual style, will do a low-budget travel show after his upcoming movie “Rockstar”.

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