Thought of making ‘Highway’ as an action film: Imtiaz Ali

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Mumbai: Imtiaz Ali, known for making romantic movies, says he had thought of making his upcoming film ‘Highway’ in various genres including action.


‘Highway’ was the first film that Imtiaz, 42, wrote and over the years he has altered the story a lot.

“I have thought of making ‘Highway’ in various ways. There was a time when I was thinking of making a very big action film. I wrote the script also at that time and I don’t know where the script is. I tried making it in a very romantic way, some 12 years back I was thinking about it like ‘Qayamat se Qayamat Tak’. It changed forms many a times,” Imtiaz said in an interview.

“The film is about discovery of yourself while travelling. It’s coming of the age movie,” he said.

This is Imtiaz’s first film where he did not even have the script while shooting.

“This is the only film I have shot where the script was not ready. The script got ready after the shooting of the scene because the dialogues were decided on the spot. I could afford to do that because I knew the story, I knew that I won’t go away from the basic story,” he said.

From his directorial debut ‘Socha Na Tha’ to ‘Rockstar’ and now his upcoming film ‘Highway’, travel has always been a part of Imtiaz’s films.

“The story of ‘Highway’ is completely about travel. It is about the fascination of travel to an extent that I don’t want to even reach the destination and also being away from society gives you a certain view of the society, so that was the intension of the film,” he said.