‘I al­ways wanted to di­rect’

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Not many know that High­way di­rec­tor Im­tiaz Ali (right), 44, “started off as a theatre ac­tor” in Delhi. Much later, in 2007, he made his Bol­ly­wood act­ing de­but with film­maker Anurag Kashyap’s Black Fri­day. He played the role of Yakub Me­mon in the film. How­ever, Im­tiaz says that act­ing was never ac­tu­ally his first love.

“Ini­tially, I acted for a few years in theatre. Then I also started di­rect­ing [for the stage]. It was while I was work­ing in theatre that I re­alised that I liked di­rec­tion more,” says the film­maker. “By the time I came to Mum­bai, I was very clear about not want­ing to act. I knew I wanted to take up di­rec­tion, and I knew that I wouldn’t have been able to han­dle both. I wanted to do one thing prop­erly,” adds Im­tiaz, who hasn’t acted in a film since Black Fri­day.

On another note, sev­eral ac­tors have ex­pressed their wish to work with Im­tiaz. Ask him if this kind of pop­u­lar­ity leads to any pres­sure, and he says, “No, I don’t take any pres­sure. Usu­ally, if I have a story, then I am the one who ap­proaches the ac­tors.”

It was while I was work­ing in theatre that I re­alised that I liked di­rec­tion more By the time I came to Mum­bai, I was very clear about not want­ing to act

Im­tiaz Ali, film­maker

PHOTO: WASEEM GASHROO/HT

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