On the eve of Imtiaz Ali's birthday, who is currently one of India's finest directors, we do a round-up of his movies where instead of painting a rosy picture of relationships, he exposed us to the not-so-good side of it. While his movies made us fall in love, Imtiaz with his nuanced film-making, showed us how complicated relationships can be. Also, for the ones with a wanderlust, his movies are visual treat as well.
>> Jab We Met
After a long time, we saw an Indian director put the onus of an onscreen relationship on the actress. We all fell with Kareena Kapoor Khan’s portrayal of 'Geet' and after a really, really long time the good boy wins the girl in the end. Shahid Kapoor plays Aditya Kashyap, a rich yet kind-hearted boy, but his role was supplementary to Kareena's.
This film was one of the best Alia Bhatt’s performances, whilst we also got to see the lovely backdrop of the mountains and picturesque North India. Imtiaz Ali, dared to show a girl being sexually abused by a family member, thereby breaking the stereotype of 'Indian sanskari' families. Randeep Hooda’s character of ‘Mahabir Bhati’ again was supplementary to Alia Bhatt's Veera.
This film can be considered as one of Ranbir Kapoor’s finest performances till date. Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri were shown in a complicated relationship, which most of us can relate to. Though a bit dark, this film also taught us about fighting for our dreams and fighting societal norms.
This movie can officially be termed as Imtiaz Ali's finest work till date. We got to see Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone try to discover themselves while struggling to make a relationship work. Another scenario that most of the millenials face these days and the one we can relate to. Plus the scenes which were shot in Corsica, France gave us some travel goals.
>> Love Aaj Kal
This movie perhaps personifies complicated relationships in the best way possible. Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone. Imtiaz Ali has beautifully captured the changing dynamics of relationships and showed how 'falling in love' has changed over the years.
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