Imtiaz Ali on Shah Rukh Khan comparing him to Yash Chopra: I feel embarrassed

They have been meaningful and profound. It was difficult to make but good to view.”
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On being asked if directing was something that happened by choice, Imtiaz answered, “Well, I don’t know. That’s a huge range,” said Imtiaz. It is meaningful but simpler. I was directing theater when I was in secondary school, then for television and now films. I have grown up with Yashji’s films. I don’t know if you know the different kind of films he has made. Directing film is no different than how I used to do in school.”

Coming back to his next release, Jab Harry Met Sejal, Imtiaz spoke about the difference between the rest of the films and JHMS, “The last three films I have made were serious. While I worked with him, I realised what I liked most about him is that he is very open to any kind of instruction and he follows them completely. 2017-07-20T19:53:17+00:00″>
Published:July 20, 2017 7:53 pm

Imtiaz Ali talks about Jab Harry Met Sejal, and working with Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma. It was so difficult to put her into a space where she would be surprised. She is a very real person.”
During an interview, Shah Rukh had compared Imtiaz Ali to legendary director Yash Chopra. Since both of us have a theatre background, we understand each other very well and can do same things in different ways. It happened gradually. So, did not realise when I was doing it. “Shah Rukh has compared me with Yashji. I was directing quite by accident. “There are many good things about SRK. Imtiaz Ali’s films have a realistic touch to it as if he is penning down a part of his own life. He has done thrillers, films like Deewar, Kala Pathhar, Lamhe and modern films with Shah Rukh Khan. That kind of experimentation and improvisation is the best thing about Shah Rukh Khan,” said the director. We very often would do a take and be okay with it but just for the sake of it will redo it. Reacting to the same during the Twitter chat, in response to a question, Imtiaz said he feels embarrassed to be compared with a person like Yash Chopra. I liked that about her. “I do not borrow personal experience but I do retrospect and realise that some of me or my experiences have crept into the film and the characters. There was the scene in which SRK’s phone was supposed to fall and she had to give a surprised reaction but she couldn’t be surprised because she knew it was to happen. This one is light. She wants everything to be genuine. Rockstar, Highway and Tamasha. It’s easier. However, during the chat, the director said that he does not know how that happens. It is embarrassing, I feel undeserving and it reminds me how small I am.