He is fascinated by trains, and filmmaker Imtiaz Ali plans to take his love affair with the humble chhuk chhuk gaadi full steam ahead, with a low-budget travel show.
The director, who is busy shooting his much awaited fourth film, Rockstar, with Ranbir Kapoor and newcomer Nargis Fakhri, says that he wants to broadcast the series online, through YouTube.
“After the release of Rockstar, I plan to do a low-budget travel show. I will shoot it myself, so I will get to travel to places I have never been to. It could be a TV show or even be released as a Youtube series,” Ali said. The filmmaker, who gave Bollywood romance a contemporary makeover with films like Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal, is excited about making train journeys across the country.
“I am fascinated by trains, because I have met the most extraordinary people and seen extraordinary events while travelling on trains. And I was born in a place which was not well connected by air, so I have taken a lot of trains in my life,” said Ali. The director’s most successful film till date, Jab We Met begins at a railway station, with Kareena Kapoor running after a train, and Ali says that there is a personal connection there.
“I used to have this recurring dream that I am late for a train and I am running after it. Surprisingly, after Jab We Met, I have never had the dream again,” said the filmmaker.
The film has gradually acquired cult status and now Ali is bringing the much loved characters to the small screen with the show, Love U Zindagi. “I am actually a reject of TV. I never adjusted well to the medium, and work better while making films,” he says.