16th June, 1971; a date when Indian Cinema got a gift in the form of another genius film maker who doesn’t run behind box office collections, but strives hard to make his films convincing and emotional. Yes, we are talking about Imtiaz Ali whose movies always have the perfect recipe of good performances, relatable story, great music, brilliant lyrics and dialogues and the perfect amount of drama to make it worth the watch for the entire audience!
It is not every day that even a movie with not-so-huge collections does not hamper the reputation of a director, unless he is Imtiaz Ali. And the reason for all this is that he is perhaps the most matured and best story teller in Hindi Cinema at present. Don’t believe us? Here are a few movies that would make you believe in his abilities!
1. Jab We Met
A story teller knows how to engage his audience throughout the movie; making them laugh, cry and even go “Awww” during the romantic scenes! The concept of ‘Opposites Attract’ isn’t a new one in Hindi cinema; but Imtiaz gave it a new face with his crazy yet relatable characters of Geet and Aditya. The movie is considered as a cult flick, and rightly deserves to be there in the list amongst other Bollywood classics.
2. Love Aaj Kal
‘Rang De Basanti’ was a huge hit because of its content. But ‘Love Aaj Kal’, a typical; romantic story, was a hit because of direction and brilliant storytelling by Imtiaz. After all, both the films dealt with comparing the feelings of the current generation with that of the previous generations and making sure that both- the youth as well as the elder ones connect with the movie.
With movies like ‘Jab We Met’, ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and ‘Rockstar’, Imtiaz gained the title of being every actor’s director- one who always manages to get out the best from his actors. Considered as one of Ranbir Kapoor’s best performance, ‘Rockstar’ was about a musician who destroys himself mentally and emotionally while on his road to success because of rejection from the girl he loved the most. Well, a common story right? But that is where Imtiaz Ali comes in! He loves presenting the old wine in a new bottle. The way he depicted a boy’s journey from being simple, confused and romantic soul to a successful musician filled with anger, rage, insecurity and loneliness was worth applauses! The movie was not well received by the audiences upon its release for being dark but is considered as yet another marvel by Imtiaz.
Road trips just aren’t about the fun a few people have and the jokes they crack. That just happens in movies! In real life, people remain amazed by the scenery and beauty of the nature along with their doze of fun. And Imtiaz portrayed North India in the most beautiful and natural way, be it the rustic charm of Rajasthan or the green delight of the mountains! ‘Highway’ was again another story about a girl getting kidnapped and falling in love with her kidnapper. But Imtiaz treated the movie in a matured way, without getting melodramatic or way too filmy- giving his characters a realistic feel and background. The movie belonged to Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda’s brilliant and natural performances, once again proving that Imtiaz makes his actors give out their career’s best performance!
5. ‘Window Seat’ Short Films
It is perhaps every film maker’s dream to travel all around the world with his camera and capture every wonderful moment, every little essence of the journey and of his destination in the purest and magical form. Imtiaz Ali, with his ‘Window Seat’ short films, proved that he is just not the director with a big crew, production house’s money on his shoulders and all the fame and glamour; but another common film maker who shares a passion for making short and sweet stories out of everything and every interesting person he meets on his journey- be it the simple life of a boatman or the enriching and silent journey in a train with his phone’s camera!
Imtiaz’s ‘Tamasha’ was like magic – a story every creative person can relate to. From how a girl’s dream comes crashing down when she realizes the truth about the man she loves to how the protagonist tries to escape from everything in life and give it his own version, his own story and compromise; here’s a movie that had a lot to tell, along with those wonderful road-trip moments.
‘Tamasha’ may have failed to create a Tamasha at the box office; but it will always be remembered for its songs, powerful performances and Ali’s wonderful direction!
Here’s wishing the director a very Happy Birthday and lots of success ahead! Keep mesmerizing us, and inspiring all the aspiring filmmakers with your work!