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I’m not doing 2 States: Imtiaz Ali

Roshmila Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, November 20, 2011
First Published: 15:40 IST(20/11/2011) | Last Updated: 16:26 IST(20/11/2011)

Imtiaz Ali is thrilled with the way Rockstar is rocking in the theatres in his second weekend and says he won’t be surprised if his lead actor Ranbir Kapoor is the next superstar. He’s equally categorical that contrary to speculations, Ranbir and he will not be getting together for Sajid Nadidwala’s 2 States. “I’m not doing the film,” he asserts. “I haven’t been approached, I haven’t even read Chetan Bhagat’s novel.”

While the director admits that he’d like to collaborate with not just Ranbir but Abhay Deol, Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, his stars from 'Socha Na Tha' (2005) and 'Jab We Met' (2007), he says he’s clueless about his next project. “I don’t even have a story in mind,” he sighs.

Point out that he could always work on a sequel of Jab We Met or even Rockstar and Imtiaz says, “I don’t think there’s any story left to take forward as far as the films I’ve made are concerned. Besides I don’t want to re-vist the past.” Buzz is that Cocktail with Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone takes off from where Love Aaj Kal (2009) had left off and he retorts, “Cocktial is not even close to the world of Love Aaj Kal or even Jab We Met let alone be a sequel.”

Right now Imtiaz is taking a well-deserved break even as his wife Preety gears up to turn producer with a an official remake of a Korean comic thriller, My Girlfriend Is An Agent. Her PI Films has joined hands with UTV Motion Pictures for the directorial debut of choregrpaher Bosco of Bosco-Ceaser fame. Imtiaz insists that he’s there as a friend and team member, handy with suggestions.

“I can work on the music or go scouting for locations if Bosco wants. But he knows his job and so does Preety who’s done a lot of work for television and was an executive producer on films like Black Friday,” he reasons. “She’s got this film not because she’s my wife but a capable professional in her own right.”

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