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Imtiaz Ali: I am not a romantic director

Imtiaz Ali, the director who made romantic films like Socha Naa Tha, Jab We Met and Love Aaj Kal, says he should not be categorised as a ‘romantic’ filmmaker because according to him, every movie comes with a love story.

“Every film has some element of romance in it even if it’s an off-beat movie, action thriller or a women centric story,” said Imtiaz. The Rockstar director is all set with his next film Highway starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt.

Imtiaz Ali, who redefined cinema in Bollywood by giving audiences, characters they can relate to, says he does not like being stereotyped to a particular image.

“It varies from director to director how he adds the romantic element in his films but romance is everywhere. It is not necessary to categorise films into particularly ‘romantic flicks’,” said the director, who was in Delhi for a mobile launch. ‘

Highway is special to Imtiaz as he originally wanted it to be his first film. “Like, I have evolved as a director since Socha Naa Tha, the story of Highway has also evolved from what I thought of initially,” he said.

Highway, as the name suggests, is set in six different states and captures the journey of two completely opposite people who are thrown together by fate. The film will also see Imtiaz and A R Rahman reunite after their successful collaboration in Rockstar.

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