Darbhanga’s Boy Directing Bollywood, yes story of Imtiaz Ali

Socha Na Tha (2005), Jab We Met (2007), Love Aaj Kal (2009), Rockstar (2011), Highway (2013) these films might have different hero but have one creator and he is the child of Bihar, he is Imtiaz Ali.


Imtiaz Ali was born in Muslim family in Jamshedpur, but had his origins in Darbhanga, Bihar. His father Mansoor Ali has done irrigation jobs and Imtiaz used to accompaign his father. He got married to Preety Ali and the couple has one daughter Ida of 11 years old. Preety has worked as an executive producer on several films and is now looking farword to become a director.

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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. Thereafter he moved to Mumbai and did a diploma course from Xavier Institute of Communication.


Imtiaz Ali is an Indian film director 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 known amongst youngsters. His film Highway (2014) also earned a lot of critical acclaim.


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.