Imtiaz Ali’s upcoming film Highway starring Alia Bhatt and Randeep Hooda, has been selected to be screened at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival.
The surprised director says he feels such platforms are reserved for people like Anurag Kashyap. “I felt that only efficient and creative filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap can go to film festivals and to these glamorous cities. This is the first time that a film of mine has been invited to a festival,” said Imtiaz.
The actor who moved on from making romantic films to off-beat films said “I feel as a director, I have the capability to making different kind of stories with different kind of cinematic expression. I would like to make a full on ‘nach-gana’ film without having any qualms about it, without trying to be intellectual about it. And I would also make a film like Highway… it just seems incongruous.”
Talking about the young actress Alia, Imtiaz said, “Alia was perfect for this role. She is not just young but has the heart and maturity to grasp things happening around. So getting an older girl for the part would not have been right for the film.”
The film is scheduled for a February 21 release.