Sunday December 8, 2019

Imtiaz Ali Enjoys Watching Films In Foreign Languages

Films in foreign languages are realistic, artistic, says Imtiaz Ali

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Imtiaz Ali says he enjoys watching films in foreign languages as they are well made, artistic and realistic. Wikimedia Commons

BY NATALIA NINGTHOUJAM

Director-writer Imtiaz Ali says he enjoys watching films in foreign languages as they are well made, artistic and realistic.

During a session on ‘The contemporary filmmakers of different generations’ at the ongoing 50th edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI), he mentioned that he likes to watch films in foreign languages.

Asked if they are better than the ones made in Hindi, Imtiaz told IANS: “Yeah, I think films in foreign languages are very realistic, well made and artistic so we enjoy that. More than the language, I follow directors. I used to watch David Lean’s films.”

“As for Hindi, I really like Bimal Roy, Vijay Anand, Raj Kapoor. Right now (contemporary filmmakers)…all are friends only, so I watch all their films. Both the Anurags (Basu and Kashyap), Zoya (Akhtar), Raju Hirani and many others.”

He is also proud of his contemporary Hindi filmmakers as they have been able to characterise people “far more realistically” than before.

“People in cinema, whether they are heroes or not, are very believable and realistic now,” said the ‘Rockstar’ director.

But there is one thing that he misses from the eighties and nineties eras of filmmaking.

“They (directors of eighties and nineties) had certain shot breakdown which was unbreakable. They shot their film in a very intense way and it was almost dependent upon a lot of people but no one. Nobody could break the intensity of the scene.

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Imtiaz Ali is currently working on his next feature film. Wikimedia Commons

“They dealt with far too many elements in one scene, if you see Rahul Rawail’s film or JP Dutta’s films, or Ramesh Sippy’s ‘Sholay’, you will see that there is acting, characterisation, costuming, action, galloping horses, people falling and yet the emotion of the scene was also (there). What I feel is (they had) David Lean touch in a movie. Sometimes I wish I could make a movie which had all of that,” said Imtiaz, known for making movies with intense love stories.

He is currently working on his next feature film.

“We are not talking about this film except for the fact that it is releasing in February,” he said about his new project.

“I hope that people enjoy the film because I am very intrigued by how love relationships happen today and the baggage that they carry from the previous times, and this movie is about that,” said Imtiaz, who has always written stories for his own directorials.

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The director has also served as a writer on films that have not been helmed by him. Would he like others to write stories for him? “No, I find that I am far more interested in telling the stories that…Even ‘Cocktail’ I had written and not directed. I had written it to direct it actually. I am a writer-director. I like to do both,” he said.

“Cocktail”, a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film, was directed by Homi Adajania and was a huge hit. (IANS)

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“Imperfections Make us Real”, Says Actor Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann reveals that he finds perfection boring

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According to Ayushmann, Perfection is quite passe today because we have all realised that we are imperfect and we celebrate that quite vocally. We no longer aspire to become perfect, we aspire to be better. Wikimedia Commons

Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently the audience’s favourite imperfect hero on screen. He considers imperfect characters to be the most real and believes that the audience connects to such people instantly due to relatability.

“Our imperfections make us real and everyone connects to people and stories that are absolutely real, that they can easily relate to and are believable. People should be able to see the problems, the joys, the pain, the victories, the ambitions, the imperfections and say ‘yes we are like this, we feel the same thing and we have lived the same life’. And this is what drives me to choose my films,” Ayushmann said.

His imperfect characters in films like “Vicky Donor”, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”, “Bareilli Ki Barfi”, “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan”, “Bala” and “AndhaDhun” were loved by many.

“I’m on a constant lookout for imperfection because invariably they give us the best stories to tell. An imperfect man can do something incredibly heroic and that’s what the audience will love.

“Triumphing over one’s situation, one’s own self are the stories that people love to see. If you look at all my films, I have played an imperfect hero, a flawed human being who goes through his own struggles to do something out of the ordinary. These are the characters that appeal to me because such characters are genuine and fortunately the audience has also loved these on screen,” he said.

Ayushmann reveals that he finds perfection boring.

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently the audience’s favourite imperfect hero on screen. He considers imperfect characters to be the most real and believes that the audience connects to such people instantly due to relatability. Bollywood Country

“There is an inherent charm about imperfection which is infectious. They are highly interesting, they have a distinct personality, they have a gripping journey and it’s very appealing,” he said.

“Perfection is quite passe today because we have all realised that we are imperfect and we celebrate that quite vocally. We no longer aspire to become perfect, we aspire to be better.

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“We recognise that the struggle is real and we celebrate who and what we actually are. We aren’t afraid to look into our own eyes and accept ourselves in our truest form. That’s what I want to champion on screen through my work,” he added. (Bollywood Country)