'This is not my safest work for sure'

Published: Dec 26, 2011, 08:46 IST | The Hitlist Team |

Imtiaz Ali , the director of 'Rockstar', speaks after topping our poll

Imtiaz Ali , the director of 'Rockstar', speaks after topping our poll

Congratulations. When the film released many said this is not your best work. Does this prove them wrong?
This is not my safest work for sure. Not just me, but everyone from Ranbir to Rahman Sir stepped out of their comfort zones. We were playing it from the heart, despite knowing very well that we might fail. So now you know what this acknowledgement means to me.

Did you think you disappointed a section of loyalists by taking that risk?
One of my oldest friends Vinay Misra was one of the few people to see the first cut of Rockstar. After watching it he said that he did not like the movie a bit. I am used to that response by now. As long as they are honest enough to let me know, I am happy being criticised.  I am unfortunately surrounded by people who don't think much of me anyway.

This film has been quite a roller-coaster ride for you. Have you changed as a person post Rockstar?
I have become thinner for sure (laughs). And yes, I think I have become a little more real. I have become more accepting of people.

What's your favourite 2011 film?
It's Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. And I don't just say it because a friend has made it. I am in fact more dismissive of my friends than foes. But I was quite moved by the film, especially in the end. The poetry and the last scene where they escape the bulls were lovely moments for me.

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