Imtiaz Ali is an Indian film director, actor and writer. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with the film Socha Na Tha. Jab We Met (2007) brought him much success and fame . His 2009 film Love Aaj Kal was an even bigger hit. His recent movie Rockstar (2011) was a commercial success and also received much critical acclaim.
Imtiaz started his career early enough as a Writer and Director on TV with the very famous Talk Show ‘Purush- kshetra’ (Dominion of the Man) that brought the Gender inequality of India out in the open on a Media Platform and made its feisty Hostess, Kirron Kher a force to reckon with. Following it with several fiction shows like Imtehaan (on Star Plus), Imtiaz made a name for himself as a gentle Story Teller with an eye for great detailing in human relationships. It took him several years to release his Directorial Debut ‘Socha Na Thaa’ (2005) that sadly went unnoticed but launched the careers of two successful actors ie Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. He then wrote the less noticed ‘Ahista Ahista’ for Director Shivam Nair and continued his efforts at making his own Films for some more years. It took Imtiaz some more years to put his next Film ‘Jab We Met’ on the floors, a script that many actors were unsure of, till the then breaking up couple – Shahid Kapur and Kareena Kapoor accepted it and ironically became the defining Romantic on screen pair of the new millennium. Jab We Met put Imtiaz on the Cinematic Map and is part of the Top 10 all time Romantic Hits of India with Music that remains a Chart Buster till today.
Imtiaz’snext, Love Aaj Kal (2009) gave the romantic image of actor Saif Ali Khan a new lease and made people sit up and take notice of the acting prowess of Deepika Padukone. It also gave Music Director Pritam and Lyricist Irshad Kamil a chance to redefine mainstream Hindi Music and bring in ‘Sufi’ strains from the magical work of Bulleshah that got even more defined and etched in Imtiaz’s next release Rockstar (2011). Rockstar (2011) won its lead Actor Ranbir Kapoor, all the trophies for Best Actor while it’s award winning Music by A R Rahman is an important part of Contemporary Hindi Music, guiding it towards old Folk themes from the North and bringing back a depth to it’s lyrics that had been lost for a few decades.
Known for his gentle, quirky, humorous, seemingly simple yet complex writing, Imtiaz is one of the most sought after Mainstream Writer – Directors today, having written the current Superhit ‘Cocktail’, directed by Homi Adjania. Cocktail bears Imtiaz’sinimitable style of the deceptively easy going and natural state of affairs that suddenly turn complex due to whims of the heart, an almost Woody Allenesque study of human relationships that is unapologetically urbane and yet holds a universal appeal. Imtiaz’sstrength lies in being completely in alignment with the Mainstream sensibilities of Indian Cinema, celebrating its musical tradition, yet managing to bring in very unconventional relationships to the screen with specially feisty roles written for his actresses that are at par with his Heroes. He is the new face of contemporary Hindi Cinema in all its glory.