Imtiaz Ali: I Did Not Intend Jab Harry Met Sejal To Be A Masterpiece


Imtiaz Ali cleared the criticism on his direction of Jab Harry Met Sejal. Imtiaz is accused of not providing his touch in the film. Brushing this criticism, he clarified that he did not intend the film to be a masterpiece. Known for his masterpieces, Jab We Met, Rockstar and Highway, Imtiaz Ali told the reporters:

“I am sure that a lot of people do not think that Harry Met Sejal is an intellectual masterpiece, but I did not intend it to be one.” 


Imtiaz Ali: I Did Not Intend Jab Harry Met Sejal To Be A Masterpiece
Imtiaz Ali: I Did Not Intend Jab Harry Met Sejal To Be A Masterpiece


The movie starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma is getting criticized on the audience.  The director Imtiaz Ali always makes a movie with a theme of a relationship. He said that he has never belonged to the “intelligent club” and always expected to make this film for the huge masses.

Imtiaz Ali said:

“Some said you really need to be intelligent to understand an Imtiaz Ali film. For me that was a blow. I feel that I have never been part of any intelligent club. I wanted to make a very simple film with all my heart.”


In addition to this, he said:

“I have not made this film for praise. You know I would like to be the director who can make different kinds of films. This one is made to reach the maximum number of people. Not to just get praise for myself.”


On answering to the reviews, he added:

“I have been a veteran at this. When Tamasha released, lot of people praised the film but the film was not reaching the audience.”


Shah Rukh Khan has worked with Imtiaz Ali for the first time. He said:

“I have not seen Imtiaz Ali’s previous work. I have always believed the film should go beyond the subject and create some magic. Also, I believe people come with preconceived notion that they have seen already.”


Shah Rukh Khan explained:

“I am speaking on his (Imtiaz Ali’s) behalf & I think sometimes the bigger feeling is to try something new. I have been in the business long enough to try a formula film and to try a film with no formula. Succeeded and failed at both. So, I understood that I can’t even try to recreate the magic. Take Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, for example. I have worked with Adi (director Aditya Chopra) again. Me and Anushka have (in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi). But there will never be another DDLJ. So every writer or director does not want to go back to the same magic because he/she does not know how it was created.”


Furthermore, he added:

“Some critics have talked about the magic being missing. I think he would not like to recreate that magic that he has done in the past. This one has a new magic. It’s a new trick. Maybe just the newness of it is going to take some time for people to understand the magic of the film. Working with Imtiaz was quite magical.”

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The film revolves around the lead characters and how Anushka Sharma (Sejal) jumps into SRK (Harry). Imtiaz Ali faced a lot of criticism for the weak direction, therefore he took the help of the press to clarify how he did not intend it to be a masterpiece.

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