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Imtiaz Ali: ROCKSTAR continues to be on hold

August 4, 2009 2:14:29 PM IST
Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood Trade News Network
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His LOVE AAJ KAL has just released in theaters and has expectedly opened to a bumper response worldwide. The next obvious question for the film maker is - 'What's next?' Is it going to be his pet project ROCKSTAR which was announced way back on 2006 but went on backburner over the years?

''No, nothing is yet decided on ROCKSTAR yet. After the release of JAB WE MET in 2007, I immediately moved on to LOVE AAJ KAL. Since then it has just been that project and nothing else. I was totally immersed into the film and am still totally involved with the post release activities for LOVE AAJ KAL,'' Imtiaz makes it clear.


It was also reported that UTV Motion Pictures may revive ROCKSTAR with John Abraham, who was earlier approached for the film, being apparently replaced by Ranbir Kapoor. ''That's not really true. At the moment it would be too early to talk about the direction in which ROCKSTAR is headed. Actually, let aside the direction, there is no movement either on the film. All I can say is that for now, ROCKSTAR continues to be on hold,'' adds Imtiaz immediately.

How about him coming in front of the camera? Trade insiders have indicated that a couple of prominent film makers have approached him with lucrative offers of playing the main lead in their films.

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Imtiaz Laughs off, ''Oh really, then tell me their names! See, people from both within and outside the industry do keep asking me if I am ready for acting or not. Since I have acted in college and theatre as well as well done a part in Anurag Kashyap's BLACK FRIDAY, I never claim that that I won't or can't act. May be some day I will act as well. However, as of now there isn't anything happening.''

So it's only direction as of now! Imtiaz says, ''Yes, my heart continues to beat for direction rather than acting. I don't want to put my feet into two different boats; that's definitely not going to help. When I came to Mumbai, I had to decide what I wanted to do. This is when I concluded that let me follow what I like doing more. The answer was 'direction' and I stuck to it.''

Well, in that case one looks forward to him coming behind the camera soon. If the first movie that he begins working on turns out to be ROCKSTAR then it won't get better than that. After all Oscar winner A.R. Rahman is said to have created some fantastic tunes for the film and the combination of Imtiaz, Ranbir and Rahman would be something to watch out for.


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