‘I WISH TO WORK WITH IM­TIAZ EV­ERY YEAR’

Shah Rukh Khan says Im­tiaz Ali is a great film­maker, and also an ‘equally good hu­man be­ing’, calls him ‘a mod­ern Yash Cho­pra’

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Shah Rukh Khan has worked with sev­eral noted film­mak­ers in his al­most 25-year-long act­ing ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood. But Im­tiaz Ali — his writ­ing, way of work­ing, and wit — seems to have left an in­deli­ble mark on his mind. So much so, that SRK says, “Im­tiaz is like a mod­ern Yash Cho­pra”, com­par­ing him to the late film­maker, whom Bol­ly­wood adored and re­spected.

Im­tiaz has di­rected the ac­tor in their up­com­ing film, Jab Harry Met Se­jal (JHMS), which is also their first film to­gether. All praise for Im­tiaz, SRK says, “Apart from Adi (Cho­pra’s son, Aditya Cho­pra) and Karan (Jo­har), who have learnt hands-on from Yashji, I don’t think that any­one else has the same vibe... Be it Im­tiaz’s writ­ing or the way he gets [hold of] men-women re­la­tion­ship in a sweet man­ner, with a mod­ern take on it — it’s very beau­ti­ful.”

The ac­tor adds that Im­tiaz’s (films) can be “edgy also”, but JHMS is not like that. “It’s funny and happy... a pure love story,” says SRK, ad­ding, “Also, Im­tiaz be­lieves in songs, so you see the girl and boy break­ing into a song in the streets. But he’s more Europe than Switzer­land (Cho­pra’s favourite shoot­ing lo­ca­tion), so, he has a lot of Yashji kind of qual­i­ties.”

Im­tiaz was re­ported as say­ing in jest that sign­ing SRK was “dif­fi­cult” and in­volved a lot of run­ning around. Shah Rukh has the op­po­site to say of the film­maker. “I wish I could do a film with Im­tiaz ev­ery year in the genre he wants be­cause it’s very easy work­ing with him. He loves his ac­tors the way Yashji would. He’s very kind.”

Their film has fa­mously averted a clash with Ak­shay Ku­mar’s next film, by now set for an ear­lier re­lease. SRK says it’s great for both films. “We have the Rak­sha Band­han week­end.” The ac­tor ad­mits this will also help him talk more about his film “rather than com­pe­ti­tion and clashes.”

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