Imtiaz Ali's next film on the Tibetan cause
ON THE WEB, 4 November 2011 Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali's next is likely to take off from where "Sada Haq" leaves in his forthcoming film, "Rockstar". Though this song in the film only has a hint of the Tibetan cause, Imitiaz's next will depict a rich Indian overcoming societal strictures to fight for Tibetans in exile.
And if the filmmaker's enthusiasm about this plot is anything to go by, the film should soon hit the production floors.
Having prepared a rough draft, Imtiaz will start to conceptualize the project in a few days. It is likely that the director will scout for a fresh face as the female lead in the film who could even be Tibetan, and the male lead is also yet to be finalized. Reliable sources say that the movie will have political turmoil as one of the aspects along with love brewing between a Tibetan and a multi-millionaire Indian boy.
"Yes, I'm working on the project. And once I am free from "Rockstar" I will go to McLeod Ganj to complete the groundwork," says Imtiaz who felt the need to espouse the Tibetan cause when he was in Dharamshala to shoot for the "Rockstar" song "Sada Haq". "I talked to a lot of Tibetans then. They are peace-loving people and are just fighting for their haq," says Ali. The story of the film would also revolve around love, and will depict how a rich Indian associates himself with a struggle movement and abandons everything else in the process. "That's the magic of love," says Imtiaz.
Initially, "Rockstar" was being viewed as a vehicle to endorse the Free Tibet movement owing to the display of several Tibetan flags fluttering in the backdrop of this song. However, that's not the case. "When I was shooting at Norbulingka Tibetan Cultural Institute, I became aware of the real Tibetan issue through the locals present there. For a moment, I shuddered to think about how these people have been living in exile since so many decades. And the mere idea of being 'stateless' sent shivers down my spine," says Imtiaz, who's charmed by Buddhism.
Sources say, "Tibetans had presented Imtiaz and Ranbir their national flag. They had hope in their eyes as they sang "Sada Haq" while handing over the Tibetan banner and literature. Thereafter, Imtiaz decided to showcase their issue, promising the displaced community to come up with something big."
Even in "Jab We Met" Imtiaz had roped in folk dancers from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA). "I will soon be off to Dharamshala and will stay there for some days," says Imtiaz.
However, amidst all this endorsing of the Tibetan cause, Imtiaz is mum about how he would be portraying China. "It would be premature to talk much as I am in the middle of deciding things still," he says.
Published in TimesofIndia.com