Imtiaz Ali doesn't shy away from giving suprises as far as his films are concerned. The Rockstar fame director is all praise for short films and arthouse cinema. The director thinks that these short films are a new platform to promote talent, in a press conference at the 12th Osian's Film Festival on August 1.
"I am loving these short films. In fact, I am also inclined to make such short films. To me, I think it's coming up in a big way. And they are the best way to reach to the audience," said Imtiaz.
When asked about the new directors and the film that he liked the most at the festival, Imtiaz said: "I couldn't manage to catch any film but I would love to. These new directors are great I am sure. I think every director is a potential director, I am quoting Shekhar Kapoor".
The 41-year-old spoke at length about his inspiration in Bollywood. From Raj Kapoor, Mehboob, Guru Dutt to Shyam Benegal, all influenced Ali in a big way.
Imtiaz Ali also shared, while he blushed, that he was very fond of Manisha Koirala's beauty. "Mujhe Manisha Koirala bohot sundar lagti thi (I used to find Manisha Koirala very beautiful). Jaya Bhadhuri was my personal favourite along with Saira Bano and Madhubala", he said.
The long-haired filmmaker was overwhelmed that his film Rockstar was chosen to be screened at the Osian's festival. He especially thanked the organisers for bringing Rockstar to this platform and also inviting him. "Osian's is lovely. In fact, I am more than happy as Osian's is the only festival which invites me at all", he joked.
Commenting on this year's theme - freedom of expression, Imtiaz Ali said that there is no absolute freedom. "You decide that line which is not to be crossed. And you only choose that line," he said.
On making romantic films only, Imtiaz clarified that there is no set rule in filmmaking and one doesn't decide the genre before writing the script. "I hope nobody makes a film like this. You just cannot decide the genre first! That's not the right approach. Jo dil ki baat hai wohi keh sakte ho na", he added. And we can only wonder what is coming next?
Imtiaz Ali still feels he has not realised that he has a filmaker inside him. He jokingly said in his humble self, "the day I will realise, I will text you guys".
The director is currently working on a script.