Imtiaz ali (director)

This article is about the director. For the cricketer, see Imtiaz Ali (cricketer).
Imtiaz Ali
Imtiaz Ali in 2012
Born (1971-06-16) June 16, 1971 (age 43)
Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Occupation Film director, writer
Years active 2005–present
Religion Islam
Signature Signature of Imtiaz Ali

Imtiaz Ali (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 third 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

Imtiaz Ali ( Hindi: इम्तिआज अलि, Urdu: امتیاز الی) 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 the Times of India he talks about his childhood days in Jamshedpur and his early influences.

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]

On June 10, 2013 it was reported that Ali is working on a new film with Ranbir Kapoor but there is a great dilemma as he was confused with two actress Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt, who will play opposite to the actor.[19]






  • Black Friday (2007 film)


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • A very short Interview with Imtiaz Ali at Indian Auteur

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