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 42)
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Occupation Film director, writer
Years active 2005–present

Azmeel (born 16 June 1971) is an Indian film director, actor and writer. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with the film Socha Na Tha. However, it was his second film Jab We Met (2007) that brought him success and fame.[1] His 2009 film Love Aaj Kal gained much critical success, and was declared a super hit at the box office.[2] His latest movie Rockstar (2011) was also a commercial success.[3]

Early life[edit]

Imtiaz Ali (Hindi: इम्तिआज अलि, Urdu: امتیاز علی, Bangla: ইমতিয়াজ আলী, Oriya: ଇମତିଆଜ୍ ଅଲି) was born in Jamshedpur.[4] He had his origins in Darbhanga, Bihar from a Muslim family.[5] He was brought up in Patna and Jamshedpur.[6] His father Mansoor Ali did irrigation jobs and as a child he would sometimes accompany him which gave him a taste of what was going on in the innards of India.[7] He had his early education in St. Michael's High School, Patna and later in D.B.M.S. English School, Jamshedpur,[8][9][10]

In an interview with th

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.[11]

Later he attended University of Delhi in Delhi, where he took part in college theater. He started Ibtida, the dramatics society of Hindu College.[12] Thereafter he moved to Mumbai and did a diploma course from Xavier Institute of Communication.[13][14] Imtiaz was married to Preety Ali.[15]


Imtiaz began his career directing TV programs including Kurukshetra for Zee TV and Imtehaan for Star Plus.[16] He later moved on to Bollywood films. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with the film 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 movie Love Aaj Kal starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, and emerged as his biggest commercial success to date.[17] Ali's latest film Rockstar has also done well at the box office despite mixed reviews.

Imtiaz Ali will make a remake of the 2009 South Korean movie My Girlfriend Is An Agent, 22 Tango starring Shahid Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.[18]

He also has a production company called Window Seat Films and the first film under this banner is Highway starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt.


Year Film Director Producer Screen Writer Notes
2005 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 Tamaasha Yes Yes Yes Pre-production




  1. ^ "Box Office 2007". Box Office India. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Box Office 2009". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Top HITS of 2011". Box Office India. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "I was an underachiever who lied to look better: Imtiaz Ali". The Times of India. 
  5. ^ "Chavanni Chap (चवन्नी चैप): जब वी वोट-इम्तियाज़ अली". 25 April 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "I'd like to give Jab We Met an overhaul: Imtiaz Ali". CNN-IBN. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  7. ^ khan, tabish. "I was an underachiever who lied to look better: Imtiaz Ali". The Times of India. 
  8. ^ "Director Imtiaz Ali started with TV". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
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  11. ^ "I was an underachiever who lied to look better: Imtiaz Ali". The Times of India. 
  12. ^ The Graduates – the Hindu College alumni Indian Express, Tuesday , 14 April 2009.
  13. ^ Times interview The Times of India, 26 April 2009.
  14. ^ "Talented Mr Ali". 7 April 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Korean Agent gets remake treatment from UTV". 10 November 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Imtiaz in no mood for sequels". IBNLive. Retrieved 1 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Love Aaj Kal, a Smash Hit[dead link]
  18. ^ "Shahid and Katrina in Imtiaz Ali's next". 

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