His latest venture Love Aaj Kal has opened to a favourable response worldwide. And Imtiaz Ali, who is basking in his second success, has no immediate plans of reviving his 2006 project Rockstar or facing the camera in the near future.
"No, nothing is yet decided on Rockstar. After the release of Jab We Met in 2007, I immediately moved on to Love Aaj Kal. Since then it has just been that project and nothing else. I was totally immersed in the film," Ali told IANS.
A few weeks back it was also reported that UTV Motion Pictures may revive the project. It was also reported that John Abraham, who was earlier approached for the film, has now been apparently replaced by Ranbir Kapoor and that the producers are trying to sign in a big name for the female lead.
Rubbishing the reports, Ali said: "That's not really true. At the moment it would be too early to talk about the direction in which Rockstar is headed. Actually, let aside the direction, there is no movement on the film either. All I can say is that for now, Rockstar continues to be on hold."
Meanwhile, trade insiders indicate that a couple of prominent filmmakers have approached Ali with lucrative offers for playing the main lead in their films.
"Tell me their names," smiled Ali. "See, people from both within and outside the industry do keep asking me if I am ready for acting or not. Since I have acted in college and theatre as well as done a part in Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday, I never claim that I won't or can't act. Maybe some day I will act as well. However, as of now there isn't anything happening," said Ali
He insists that his heart continues to beat for direction rather than acting.
"I don't want to put my feet into two different boats; that's definitely not going to help. When I came to Mumbai, I had to decide what I wanted to do. This is when I concluded let me follow what I like doing more. The answer was 'direction' and I stuck to it," said Ali.
Well, in that case one can look forward to him coming behind the camera soon.
If the first movie that he begins working on turns out to be "Rockstar" then it won't get better than that. After all Oscar winner A.R. Rahman is said to have created some fantastic tunes for the film, and the combination of Ali, Ranbir and Rahman would be something to watch out for.