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Imtiaz Ali on why male characters in his films are more complex than female ones: I credit greater intelligence to women

Edited by Ananya Das
May 17, 2024 11:31 AM IST

Imtiaz Ali shared why women in his movies are shown to be more resilient. He has directed films such as Jab We Met, Rockstar, Tamasha, Highway, among others.

Director Imtiaz Ali has spoken about how he treats male characters in his films are differently from the female characters. Speaking with Times of India, Imtiaz said that those male characters are not directly derived from his life experiences. He added that he does credit "greater intelligence and resilience to women". (Also Read | Amar Singh Chamkila's director Imtiaz Ali on Love Aaj Kal failure)

Imtiaz Ali spoke about his films.
Imtiaz Ali spoke about his films.

Imtiaz talks about Jab We Met, Rockstar, Cocktail

Imtiaz shared why the women in his movies are shown to be more resilient. He said, "The characters, namely Aditya Dharamraj Kashyap in Jab We Met, Janardan-Jordan-Jakhar (JJ) in Rockstar, Gautam or Gutlu Kapoor in Cocktail, or even Ved Vardhan Sahni in Tamasha, are not directly derived from my life experiences."

Imtiaz on his aspiration

He added, "It’s not as I have only seen men creating trouble for themselves and women coming forward to solve them. Though I do credit greater intelligence and resilience to women. Perhaps this is my aspiration, to see women doing more in society which can be manifested in my films.” Imtiaz spoke about characters of his film played by Shahid Kapoor (Jab We Met), Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar and Tamasha), and Saif Ali Khan (Cocktail).

Imtiaz directed films so far

Imtiaz's made his debut as a director with the 2005 film Socha Na Tha. He then directed films such as Love Aaj Kal, Highway, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Laila Majnu and Love Aaj Kal. His last film was Amar Singh Chamkila starring Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra.

The film presents the untold true story of Punjab's original rockstar of the masses, who emerged from the shadows of poverty and rose to the heights of popularity in the eighties due to the sheer power of his music, angering many along the way, which led to his assassination at the young age of 27. Diljit Dosanjh portrays Chamkila, the top-selling artist of his era. Parineeti essays the role of Amar Singh Chamkila's wife, Amarjot Kaur. Amar Singh Chamkila is streaming on Netflix.

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