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Imtiaz Ali’s inspiring directorial journey- From ‘Socha Na Tha’ to ‘Eyes For You’

By his own admission, Tamasha’s Ved is a character that Imtiaz resonates with himself.



Imtiaz Ali and Alia Bhatt during the shoot of Highway

Imtiaz Ali is one of the best directors in Bollywood today. He has given the millennial generation some of their most favorite romantic dramas. He believes that he creates his stories from the fragments of real lives. He observes people around him and creates beautiful characters on screen. Be it Viren of Socha Na Tha or Geet from Jab We Met, the characters of Imtiaz’s movies look real and genuine and above all, relatable. You can instantly relate to their on-screen personas. Let’s take a look at Imtiaz’s Bollywood journey and jog back our memories about the loveable characters we have met through his films.

Socha Na Tha

In this 2005 release, Viren (Abhay Deol) is depicted to be apprehensive of commitments but Aditi (Ayesha Takia) makes him believe otherwise. In their journey, Viren and Aditi realize what they were looking for at different places was right in front of them. They both ran away from each other when everyone wanted them to tie the knot in the first place.


Jab We Met

A heartbroken businessman Aditya (Shahid Kapoor) sets out to jump off a train but is saved by Geet (Kareena Kapoor). Their personalities are exactly opposite: one is an introvert while the other is loud enough to jolt the entire universe. The film charts their unusual journey of understanding themselves as they fall in love.


A girl from an affluent family in Delhi, Veera (Alia Bhatt) falls in love with her own abductor in a classic case of Stockholm syndrome. But her love doesn’t come from a place of victimization and idolation. It comes from the liberation she experiences after being abducted. If not for her kidnapping, she would have never been able to confront the demons inside her with the confidence she attains by the end of the film.


By his own admission, Tamasha’s Ved is a character that Imtiaz resonates with himself. The 2015 release starring Ranbir Kapoor as Ved and Deepika Padukone as Tara, was about the former’s journey in becoming the man he wanted to be. Quite oblivious to how to free himself from the shackles of society, Ved realised the real purpose of his life only after Tara showed him the mirror. For someone who could not argue with his father over his career choices, by leaving his job and narrating the reason behind it in a story, Ved redefined himself as the movie progressed. In the process, he fell in love with Tara and Imtiaz gave us another story to cherish.

Eyes For You: ‘Eyes For You’ is an extraordinary and unusual tale that explores the special connection between Aman & Nidhi and their journey of finding happiness within themselves through the power of love. Nidhi is a visually impaired, chirpy girl who practices dance therapy for the blind. Aman is a regular boy who is stuck with his daily mundane job.

Here is a short 30s teaser of ‘Eyes For You’ brought to you with love by Imtiaz Ali and OPPO.