It’s em­bar­rass­ing: Im­tiaz on com­par­isons with Yash Cho­pra

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Ac­tor Shah Rukh Khan re­cently com­pared

Im­tiaz Ali (above) to leg­endary film­maker Yash Cho­pra by call­ing him “mod­ern day Yash Cho­pra”. How­ever, Im­tiaz feels noth­ing but too small for such a big com­par­i­son.

Dur­ing a Twit­ter live, when a user asked Im­tiaz to com­ment on this, he said, “It’s very em­bar­rass­ing. I feel un­de­serv­ing of that and it re­minds me how small I am in com­par­i­son to Yash Cho­pra. I am not say­ing this for ef­fect. I have grown up see­ing Yashji’s films. I don’t know whether all of you re­alise the dif­fer­ence. The kind of films he has made... be­cause he has made thrillers and films like Dee­war (1975) and Kaala Pathar (1979). From there he has made Lamhe (1991) and these mod­ern films with Shah Rukh and it’s a huge range and it’s a priv­i­lege.”

Im­tiaz’s next film Jab Harry Met Se­jal stars Shah Rukh and Anushka Sharma in the lead role but when asked if his films are a re­flec­tion of who he is per­son­ally, Im­tiaz re­vealed some­thing spe­cial about him­self. “I don’t bor­row my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence while di­rect­ing a film. It’s also true that when I see in ret­ro­spect, I re­alise that some of my emo­tions and un­der­stand­ing of life have crept into the films, scenes and char­ac­ters. There are so many things I re­alise that I am tak­ing from my per­son­al­ity and char­ac­ter but I don’t re­alise it while I am mak­ing the film. I only re­alise it af­ter it hap­pens and when it’s too late,” says the film­maker, who has di­rected films such as Jab We Met (2007) and High­way (2014).

Im­tiaz adds, “Some­times I feel when peo­ple watch my films, they get to know me per­son­ally more than peo­ple who are close to me.”

I feel un­de­serv­ing of that [com­par­i­son] and it re­minds me how small I am in com­par­i­son to Yash Cho­pra IM­TIAZ ALI, FILM­MAKER

Film­maker Im­tiaz Ali says that it’s un­fair to draw com­par­i­son be­tween him and leg­endary film­maker Yash Cho­pra

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