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The Capital love affair

Director Imtiaz Ali talks about his love for Delhi on a recent trip to the city.

bollywood Updated: Aug 05, 2012 00:53 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
Imtiaz Ali,Hindu college,Delhi

Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, who has shot major portions of flicks like Socha Na Tha, Love Aaj Kal and Rockstar in Delhi, accepts that he is hugely attracted to the multi-cultural Capital. But the film that he enjoyed shooting the most in Delhi was Rockstar. “I loved shooting scenes of Sadda Haq at North campus. The feeling of going back to my college (Hindu College) was extremely nostalgic. The energy of the students was palpable and added a certain depth to the song,” he said recently when he was in the city for Osian’s Cine Fan film festival.

Ali explored the city to the hilt as he shot scenes with actors Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri at North Campus, Hauz Khas, Hazrat Nizamuddin and Old Delhi for Rockstar. “From the charm of gallis in Old Delhi to the malls in New Delhi, the Metro and the historical monuments, Delhi has a lot of contradictions that make it a very exciting place to shoot,” said Ali.

Ali still tries to travel by bus in the city as he used to during college days and explore its true culture. “I like to go to the Old fort, Qutab Minar and Hazrat Nizammudin,” he said. “Roaming around the streets of Chandni Chowk to dig into piping hot Bedmi Pooris and Subzi, Kachori or Paranthas from the local eateries is a must when I’m in town,” he added.

Mumbai or Delhi?
Even though Ali went to Mumbai to pursue his career, he still likes to tell stories from Delhi. “I went where the industry is. But the stories that I tell are from Delhi,” he said. “Technology has greatly changed the game in the last few years. You no longer need to be in Mumbai to approach filmmakers, show your portfolio or script. It’s all become web-based,” he added.

On North Campus
I loved shooting for Sadda Haq at North campus. The feeling of going back to my college (Hindu) was extremely nostalgic On Delhi food I prefer the vegetarian food of old Delhi to the kebabs. Also, Pooris and Subzi, Kachori or Paranthas are a must

First Published: Aug 04, 2012 16:58 IST