Bringing his immeasurable experience and vast knowledge of the Indian film industry forth, Imtiaz Ali, director of movies such as Highway, Tamasha, and Rockstar, conducted a 5th Veda session at Whistling Woods International. Every 5th Veda session brings forth invaluable insights and this interactive session with Imtiaz Ali was no exception. During this session, the filmmaker shared some memorable tips for those who wish to venture into the world of cinema.
1. “Embrace failure sincerely, as something better is waiting for you.”
Failure is an integral part of success, and the inspiring session with Imtiaz Ali was a testament to that. The acclaimed filmmaker shared his journey into the world of Indian cinema, conveying how some of his failures led to his success, with the students at Whistling Woods International.
2. “Working on my first movie was more like attending a film school – as I did not pursue any formal education in filmmaking.”
Imtiaz Ali looked back on his first film, Socha Na Tha, which is known as a fan-favorite today. The filmmaker spoke about the struggles he faced in the early years of his career, and how he had to learn certain skills and the know-hows of the industry on his own, as he didn’t have access to a film school.
3. “I juggled between numerous roles to understand various facets of filmmaking.”
Having presented a number of acclaimed films to Indian cinema, Imtiaz Ali spoke about learning every facet of filmmaking, not just direction. He also conveyed that the success of a good film is directly proportional to the rapport that one shares with their team.
4. “Just go for it and see what happens.”
The most important thing about having a passion is to pursue it against all odds. Imtiaz Ali elaborates on this philosophy of going after what you love, talking about the importance of following your passion.
5. “Poetry gives me relief and sustenance while writing lyrics gives me enjoyment.”
While filmmaking is his true calling, the acclaimed director talks about having other creative outlets such as writing lyrics and poetry, that sustain and rejuvenate the creative senses.