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Imtiaz Ali (director)

Imtiaz Ali (born 16 June 1971 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand) is an Indian film director, producer and writer. He started his career with writing and directing television shows. He directed shows like Imtehaan, Naina and Kurukshetra. In 2005 he made his directorial debut with Socha Na Tha, that did not do well. Then he earned critical and commercial success for his direction of Jab We Met (2007). Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Rockstar (2011) made him a noted filmmaker.

Imtiaz Ali Khan
Celebs at the screening of the A.R. Rahman's documentary 02.jpg
Imtiaz Ali in 2017
Born (1971-06-16) 16 June 1971 (age 48)
OccupationFilm director, Writer, Producer & Actor
Years active1995–Present
Known forJab We Met
Spouse(s)Preety Ali (div. 2012)
RelativesKhalid Ahmed (maternal uncle)
Arif Ali & Sajid Ali (brothers)

Early and personal lifeEdit

Imtiaz Ali was born in Jamshedpur[1][2][4] and spent some of his early years in Patna.[5][6] His father Mansoor Ali was a contractor who did irrigation job, and as a child he would sometimes accompany him, which gave Imtiaz a sense of what was going on in the innards of India.[7] His uncle, through his mother, is Pakistani TV actor and director/producer Khalid Ahmed.[8][9] He had his early education in St. Michael's High School, Patna and later in D.B.M.S. English School, Jamshedpur,[10][11][12] He is the brother of director Arif Ali (who made his directional debut with the film Lekar Hum Deewana Dil).

In an interview with The Times of India he talks about his early influence of cinema:

My parents were still in Patna but I, along with my brother Arif, joined mid-term and stayed with my aunt at Karim Mansion (an old well-known building in Jamshedpur, where they had three cinema theatres, two of which were attached to the house). Even when I went to sleep, I had the sound of cinema in the background and since we lived there, I could go there whenever I wanted even though I was not allowed to. I had made friends with the projectionist and would see him changing reels and call him from his bidi break if the reel stopped in between. I was not studying and I failed. I was so self-conscious after that and for the first three days, I could just not go back to school. This whole embarrassment of failing and craning my neck down and avoiding my friends who had become my seniors, was difficult. Even though I had failed, my father never made me feel worse and was only there to always encourage me. It’s after that, that I started applying myself and excelled in studies and sports and started doing theatre.[13]

He attended Hindu College, University of Delhi, where he took part in college theater. He was very successful in college. He also started Ibtida, the dramatics society of the college.[14] Thereafter he moved to Mumbai and did a diploma course from Xavier Institute of Communication.[15][16]

Imtiaz was married to Preety Ali but the marriage ended in a divorce in 2012.[17] He has a daughter named Ida Ali with her.


Imtiaz began his career directing TV programs including Kurukshetra for Zee TV and Imtihaan for Doordarshan.[18] He moved on to Bollywood films. In 2005, he made his directorial debut with Socha Na Tha starring Abhay Deol and Ayesha Takia. He quoted, later in a talk, that it took him three years to make the film.[19]

His second film, Jab We Met, starred then real-life couple Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, and became a box office success.[20] His next film, Love Aaj Kal starred Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone, and emerged as his biggest commercial success to date.[21] Ali's next film Rockstar, starring Ranbir Kapoor, did well at the box office despite mixed reviews.

Ali founded his film production company, Window Seat Films; whose first release was Highway. Starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, the film was well appreciated by critics. His next production film, Tamasha, starred Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles and was released to mixed reviews on November 27, 2015.[22] The movie was a moderate success and opened to good reviews from cities.[23]

His next directorial venture Jab Harry Met Sejal, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in lead roles, was released in August 2017. The film released to negative reviews in India, even though it did well overseas.[24][25]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
2005 Socha Na Tha Yes Yes
2006 Ahista Ahista Yes
2007 Jab We Met Yes Yes Filmfare Award for Best Dialogue
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
2009 Love Aaj Kal Yes Yes Yes Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Story
2011 Rockstar Yes Yes Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Director
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Story
2012 Cocktail Yes
2014 Highway Yes Yes Yes Co-produced with Sajid Nadiawala
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Story
2015 Tamasha Yes Yes Yes
2017 Jab Harry Met Sejal Yes Yes Yes
2018 Laila Majnu Yes Yes
2020 Love Aaj Kal 2 Yes Yes Yes Filming[26]


  1. ^ a b "Director Imtiaz Ali started with TV". Hindustan Times. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Gupta, Priya (13 May 2013). "I was an underachiever who lied to look better: Imtiaz Ali". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
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  4. ^वैलेंटाइन-डे-रिलीज-इम्तियाज-अनोखी-स्टोरी-अनिल-मुकेश-रिश्ता-शुरुआत/detail/fe73dd54fd295197d98aba1e2cbefb3c[dead link]
  5. ^ "I'd like to give Jab We Met an overhaul: Imtiaz Ali". CNN-IBN. 6 June 2009. Archived from the original on 7 June 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Imtiaz Ali mulls a film on Patna".
  7. ^ khan, tabish. "I was an underachiever who lied to look better: Imtiaz Ali". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "From Patna boy to Pakistani TV legend". dna. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Pak films funded by the army for image building: Director Khalid Ahmad". 6 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Director Imtiaz Ali started with TV". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  11. ^ 1988, Imtiaz Ali, XIA, Splash 11. "A Poem of His".
  12. ^ "DBMS to star in ex-student's film".
  13. ^ Gupta, Priya (13 May 2013). "I was an underachiever who lied to look better: Imtiaz Ali". The Times of India. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  14. ^ The Graduates – the Hindu College alumni Indian Express, Tuesday, 14 April 2009.
  15. ^ Times interview The Times of India, 26 April 2009.
  16. ^ "Talented Mr Ali". 7 April 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Imtiaz Ali separates from wife". TimesofIndia. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  18. ^ "Imtiaz in no mood for sequels". IBNLive. Retrieved 1 February 2011.
  19. ^ Headlines Today (9 September 2012), It took 3 years to make my first movie: Imtiaz Ali, retrieved 28 January 2016
  20. ^ "Box Office 2007". Archived from the original on 14 October 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  21. ^ Love Aaj Kal, a Smash Hit Archived 13 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "Ranbir, Deepika starrer Tamasha to go on floors on July 9". India Today. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  23. ^ "Are Shahid Kapoor, Imtiaz Ali reuniting for a second film, to be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala?". Firstpost. 2 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Box Office: Jab Harry Met Sejal collects Rs. 3 crores on Tuesday, emerges a Disaster". Bollywood Hungama. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  25. ^ "Imtiaz Ali calls Ranbir Kapoor the biggest disaster!". Mid Day. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  26. ^ "Kartik Aaryan shares loved up picture with Sara Ali Khan and fans just can't keep calm!". The Times of India. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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