Right from Imtiaz Ali's debut, Socha Na Tha, where Viren and Aditi travel to Goa and fall in love, to his last, where Harry and Sejal realise they are meant to be together while searching for a ring in Europe, journeys have been an integral part of Imtiaz’s films. But something is about to change as the director says he won't involve travel in his next which would be a change for him.
Imtiaz worked with Shahid Kapoor in the superhit Jab We Met!
In an interview, Imtiaz said, "The film is a human story. It’s in one place. If I can tell you one thing, it would be that it is not a travel-oriented film, which is a good thing for me, it will be different for me.”
Imtiaz says while he did discuss the film with Shahid, nothing is official yet. “It’s not really decided (when the movie goes on floors), even the casting isn’t decided yet. Shahid and I have met and spoken about it but it’s not as if we have decided and signed anything at all. There’s nothing officially planned about it,” he says.
For Imtiaz, the decision to base his films in a certain city comes very much at the scripting stage. His breakthrough Jab We Met, for instance, could’ve been based in Rajasthan too, but the director says the reason to shift it to Punjab was natural.
Just as much his characters, the cities in the backdrop form an important part of Imtiaz’s films — be it Ved and Tara bonding in Corsica in Tamasha or Rockstar’s Jordan who spirals down on the path of self-destruction post reuniting with Heer in Prague.
While it’s “another story” why the movie couldn’t materialise yet, Imtiaz says his scripts which do not turn into films stay with him, and become a “part of me”.
“Sometimes, they merge into other stories, become a part of several films, on their own. That also happens. But they never leave,” he adds.