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In Goa, time stops: Imtiaz


For director Imtiaz Ali (best known for films like ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Highway’, ‘Rockstar’, etc),  Goa is a place “where time stops and one feels eternal”. “When I reached here for the festival (IFFI) I sent a message to my team saying, ‘Goa aake aisa lagta hai sab accha hoga’ (After reaching Goa it feels like everything will be good),” he says.

The filmmaker was down in the state as part of an In Conversation session on ‘The contemporary filmmakers of different generations’ at IFFI also featuring film director Rahul Rawail. And Ali reveals that he was in fact influenced by Rawail himself to make films, having watched his movies as a kid. “There are other filmmakers also who have influenced me a lot. In fact I enjoyed watching the works of directors like Bimal Roy, Vijay Anand, Raj Kapoor, and Mehboob Khan. But more than that I think because I am a literature student, the stories and the plays that I have seen and heard or sometimes even performed, and the music that I have heard, all those things inspired me to make films,” he says.

Having over the years done a number of films, Ali cannot pick a favourite, as all his films are equal. But he does disclose some memorable moments while shooting films. “In ‘Rockstar’, we used to get emotional while shooting a song. I remember those times very well. Also, during the shoot of ‘Highway’ we were shooting in places where water would not boil because there was so little pressure up in the hill,” recollects Ali.

And for those budding filmmakers who want to get into the industry, he advises that they should make films in which ever medium they can, including their phone. “After making the film they should upload it on to the digital platform, rather than coming to Mumbai and then making a film,” he said.

Ali’s next film will be releasing in February (name of the film is not yet finalised). He is also trying to make a biopic on yesteryear actress, Madhubala.

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