Imtiaz Ali: Nobody invites my films to festivals, so what do I do?


Apr 12, 2016 10:02:09 IST

Mumbai: Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali wonders why nobody invites his movies to film festivals, and says he is only attracted to such galas for a chance to explore a new place.

The Tamasha director recently made #IndiaTomorrow, a five-minute short film which shows a sex worker having a conversation with her client about the stock market, with a powerful message in it.

Imtiaz Ali. Image from IBNlive

Imtiaz Ali. Image from IBNlive

Asked if is he keen to take his short film to film festivals, Imtiaz told IANS: “They have plans, but I don’t know much about festivals. I am keen to push it anywhere and wherever it reaches. (If it goes to festivals) I will get a chance to go there and see a new country... festivals attract me only for that.”

He quipped that he keeps telling Anurag Kashyap that "you keep going for festivals, some time take me also along with you... I will get to explore a new country".

"But nobody invites my films to festivals so what to do," Imtiaz said.

Recent news reports had stated that the filmmaker is reportedly in talks with superstar Shah Rukh Khan for his next, and hopes to start the film this year. Imtiaz and Shah Rukh, however, have not confirmed the collaboration yet.

It was believed that the King Khan would be required to play a Sikh tourist in the yet-to-be-titled comedy.

“Next film, unless I really sign and finalise, I can’t really talk about it. I am not supposed to say anything about that and I shouldn’t be… I feel whatever I am saying needs to first happen and then I should say it rather than be predictive,” Imtiaz said about the project.

There were also reports that the film will star actress Anushka Sharma opposite Shah Rukh. Imtiaz, however, did not divulge any details. When asked when does he plan to start the film, Imtiaz said, “How do I know? I hope this year. But I can only say after things are (finalised)”.

Updated Date: Apr 12, 2016 10:02:09 IST