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Imtiaz Ali on his short film INDIA TOMORROW: Calling the shots in shorts for a new India

April 5, 2016 12:11:37 PM IST
By Vishal Verma, Glamsham Editorial
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Imtiaz Ali – one of Bollywood's top leagues in portraying man-woman relationship on the marquee, is now calling the shots from the heart in shorts.


Known for exploring the wonderful ‘TAMASHA' called love in JAB WE MET, SOCHA NA THA, ROCKSTAR, LOVE AAJ KAL and hailing the girl power in HIGHWAY, Imtiaz has just had an intimate relationship with the digital medium.

The director has made INDIA TOMORROW - a 5-min short film which shows a conversation between a sex worker and her customer, leading to a powerful message of hope. Speaking at the special screening of his short film, Imtiaz is ready to explore the digital medium and is planning a web series.

The director feels that he has certain ideas which cannot be explored on big screen but are relevant and topical and that can be snappily expressed by this medium. Shot by an iphone on actual locations of Mumbai's red light area – Congress House.

The idea behind INDIA TOMORROW is to send a message that in spite of all the adversities around, there is still hope.

On delivering the message through a sex worker in the film, Imtiaz said, “Very often we feel 'her life is over and she is the last one to have a dream, a plan. So if they can, anyone can'.

Interestingly, when asked why an established filmmaker should enter this short format and unnecessarily create tough competition to upcoming wannabe filmmakers who start from short films dreaming to become someone like him one fine day, Imtiaz says the digital medium crosses boundaries, states and countries and the content gets permanently stored. 'I am opening gates for myself, not stopping anybody. I may not be able to express what I have tried to say in INDIA TOMORROW through a full length feature film. I am a feature film maker and it's the best medium for me but certain ideas / reactions like this for me as an artiste is a selfish requirement which I am trying to fulfill,' he said.

Summing up the idea and the concept of INDIA TOMORROW, presented by Window Seat Films, Imtiaz concludes, “INDIA TOMORROW  is the sum total of all our dreams and all our hopes. We might be divided over issues but all our combined dreams, is going to make India tomorrow. And nobody, no matter what he or she does, is below the purview of that. There is no one who can't afford a dream.'

Digital short films/series seems to be the new future, majors like Yash Raj Films have already stepped in with their web series and now Imtiaz Ali is dreaming the same…

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