Best 5 Imtiaz Ali Movies
People often joke that Imtiaz Ali makes the same movie, again and again, featuring the same type of love stories.
But, just like 2 people, every film is unique. A unique staple of an Imtiaz Ali film is the ‘exploration’ that the characters in his film undertake.
This involves the exploration of a place, a relationship and the exploration of one’s true self.
As Imtiaz Ali turns 47 today, here’s a look at his finest work over the years.
Ahista Ahista (2006)
Although the film was directed by Shivam Nair, but the film’s screenplay was written by Imtiaz Ali with Arif Ali and Rajiv Menon. The film was inspired from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story White Nights. The film also featured the second collaboration between Imtiaz and Abhay Deol, who was seen in Imtiaz’s directorial debut Socha Na Tha (2005).
Jab We Met (2007)
Imtiaz Ali’s unique take on a relationship between a stranded fiancée and a lonely industrialist gave new age Indian cinema a definitive romantic comedy. The film features an angle that Imtiaz seems to have perfected over the years – two strangers meet on a journey and through a series of events, go on to change each other lives forever.
Kareena Kapoor’s lovable character, Geet, was loved by audiences and the film became a huge box office success.
Janardhan Jakhar (AKA Jordan), is a college boy who wants to become an artist but he lacks the drive to become one. In order to find the inspiration for achieving his dream, he deliberately tries to get his heart broken and succeeds. Then begins a flawed, unique, chaotic and ultimately beautiful journey of the character, in which he tries to make sense of everything and everyone around him.
Ranbir Kapoor’s acting in this brilliant Imtiaz Ali film is considered to be his best performance till date.
The movie is a perfect representation of the modern urban youth and their views on relationships, love, sex and everything in between. The film’s plot, woven around the lives of three characters, captures the essence of being ‘young and confused’.
This film highlighted Deepika Padukone’s acting prowess and established her as a competent actress in Bollywood.
A shy and sheltered city girl is kidnapped by a Haryanvi truck driver and taken to Himachal Pradesh. Over the course of the journey, the girl develops an intimate connection with her kidnapper. The film focuses on the spiritual journey of the characters and their transformation during their journey.
Alia Bhatt’s performance in this film established her as a serious actor and a force to be reckoned with in the future.