Imtiaz Ali (director)

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Imtiaz Ali
Imtiaz Ali at Horasis Global India Business Meeting 2012 crop.jpg
Imtiaz Ali in 2012
Born (1971-06-16) 16 June 1971 (age 43)
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Occupation Film director, writer, Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Preety Ali (divorce)
Partner(s) Iman Ali (2011-2014)
Relatives Arif Ali (brother)

Imtiaz Ali (born 16 June 1971) is an Indian film director and writer.He started his career with writing and directing t.v shows. He directed shows like Imtehaan, Nainaand Kurukshetra. He made his directorial debut with Socha Na Tha (2005). Socha Na Tha did not do well. He then earned critical and commercial success for his direction of Jab We Met (2007). Love Aaj Kal (2009), and Rockstar (2011) made him known amongst youngsters. His latest film Highway (2014) also earned a lot of critical acclaim.

Early life[edit]

Imtiaz Ali (Hindi: इम्तिआज अलि, Urdu: امتیاز علی, Bangla: ইমতিয়াজ আলী, Oriya: ଇମତିଆଜ୍ ଅଲି) was born in Jamshedpur.[1] He had his origins in Darbhanga, Bihar from a Muslim family.[2] He was brought up in Patna and Jamshedpur.[3] His father Mansoor Ali did irrigation jobs. As a child he would sometimes accompany him which gave Imtiaz a view of what was going on in the innards of India.[4] He had his early education in St. Michael's High School, Patna and later in D.B.M.S. English School, Jamshedpur,[5][6][7] He is the brother of director Arif Ali (who made his directional debut with the film Lekar Hum Deewana Dil).

In an interview with the Times of India he talks about his early influence of cinema:

My parents were still in Patna but I, along with my brother Arif, joined mid-term and stayed with my aunt at Karim Mansion (an old well-known building in Jamshedpur, where they had three cinema theatres, two of which were attached to the house). Even when I went to sleep, I had the sound of cinema in the background and since we lived there, I could go there whenever I wanted even though I was not allowed to. I had made friends with the projectionist and would see him changing reels and call him from his bidi break if the reel stopped in between. I was not studying and I failed. I was so self-conscious after that and for the first three days, I could just not go back to school. This whole embarrassment of failing and craning my neck down and avoiding my friends who had become my seniors, was difficult. Even though I had failed, my father never made me feel worse and was only there to always encourage me. It's after that, that I started applying myself and excelled in studies and sports and started doing theatre.[8]

He attended Hindu College, University of Delhi, where he took part in college theater.He was very successful in college. He also started Ibtida, the dramatics society of the college.[9] Thereafter he moved to Mumbai and did a diploma course from Xavier Institute of Communication.[10][11]

Imtiaz was married to Preety Ali but divorcr her in 2012.[12]He has a daughter named Ida Ali. He was in a relationship with Pakistani actress Iman Ali, with whom he broke up in 2014.


Imtiaz began his career directing TV programs including Kurukshetra for Zee TV and Imtehaan for Star Plus.[13] He moved on to Bollywood films. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with Socha Na Tha starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. Despite its box office failure, the film won critical acclaim.

His second film, Jab We Met, starred then real-life couple Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and became his first box office success. His Love Aaj Kal starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, and emerged as his biggest commercial success to date.[14] Ali's latest film Rockstar, starring Ranbir Kapoor, did well at the box office despite mixed reviews.

He has a production company called Window Seat Films. The first film under this banner is Highway starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt. His next film, Tamasha, stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles and has started filming as of July 9, 2014. [15]


Year Film Director Producer Screen Writer Notes
2005 ″((imtehhan))″

″((Naina))″ Socha Na Tha

Yes Yes
Ahista Ahista Yes
2007 Jab We Met Yes Yes Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue
2009 Love Aaj Kal Yes Yes
2011 Rockstar Yes Yes
2012 Cocktail Yes
2014 Highway Yes Yes Yes Co-produced with Sajid Nadiawala
2015 Tamasha Yes Yes Yes Co-produced with Sajid Nadiawala




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