Imtiaz Ali

Indian Film Writer and Director

Imtiaz Ali, a director who recast the portrayal of romance in Indian cinema and enjoyed considerable box office success in the process. He stands testimonial to the fact that the cinematic palette of the Indian audience, even in the mainstream, has become more nuanced, adventurous and less formulaic. He has said that his biggest influence in his work is observing the people he meets.“To be a good storyteller one needs to be a keen observer of life.” 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. His 2009 film Love Aaj Kal gained much critical success, and was declared a super hit at the box office. His movie Rockstar (2011) was also a commercial success and created hysteria in the youth. He started his production company in February 2014 by the name of Window Seat Films. He has won Filmfare awards since 2007 for Best Dialogue, Best Director and Best Story. He has also been recognized by the film fraternity in the Stardust, IIFA and ZEE Cine awards. He hails from Jamshedpur. He graduated in English Literature from Hindu College, Delhi University.