‘MY FILMS ARE MY TRAVEL DIARIES’

Im­tiaz Ali says he likes to travel be­cause it opens up his per­spec­tive as a film­maker and gives him a chance to learn new things

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From the ter­rain tran­si­tions in High­way (2014) to the cul­tur­al­lyrich lanes of Prague for Rock­star (2011) and the azure wa­ters of Cor­sica in Ta­masha (2015) travel has been an in­trin­sic part of Im­tiaz Ali’s (above) cin­e­matic works. The film­maker con­sid­ers them his “travel diaries”.

The avid trav­eller, who likes to ex­plore the lo­cal cul­ture and con­nect with the vibe of a place rather than do the tourist rou­tine, says he has never made a scrap book or di­ary in which he puts down his ex­pe­ri­ences. “It is just the movies that I make... The films that I make are the diaries of my travel... Be­cause for me, movie-mak­ing is sort of linked with my per­sonal travel,” says Im­tiaz, adding, “When I watch a movie for which I’ve shot in Por­tu­gal, it will re­flect what I feel about Por­tu­gal.”

Hav­ing widely shot for his films across myr­iad des­ti­na­tions in north In­dia and Europe, Im­tiaz says that a re­cent award given to him for pro­mo­tion of tourism through films goes to “show that the work I have done in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, has en­cour­aged In­dian tourism there and that’s a good feel­ing for me”.

Asked if he shoots abroad be­cause shoot­ing in In­dia is a prob­lem, he says, “I feel there is no place called abroad, and there is no one place called In­dia ei­ther. Ev­ery place will have its own dif­fi­cul­ties... It’s not al­ways dif­fi­cult to shoot in In­dia, and it has not been easy ei­ther al­ways to shoot abroad. And vice versa. It’s a mix of both types,” says the 45-yearold Jamshedpur-born tal­ent.

The film­maker says his travel es­capades have been enriching for his pro­fes­sional ca­reer too and opened up new per­spec­tives. “Trav­el­ling in it­self makes you dis­cover newer things about your­self, and this kind of a sel­f­re­minder and awak­en­ing is very im­por­tant for film­mak­ing. The other thing is that when you work abroad, it’s a very dif­fer­ent way of work­ing and you learn dif­fer­ent things from them... Things that peo­ple don’t use in In­dia, and that hap­pens wher­ever in the world you shoot.”

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