Imtiaz Ali directorial Jab Harry Met Sejal finally hit the theatres last Friday and has gathered mixed to negative response so far. The film has been criticised for not having a good script and a well-defined narrative. Responding to the onslaught of bad reviews and brushing aside the claim that his “touch” was missing from JHMS, Imtiaz Ali said he never wanted praise for himself while making the movie.
While promoting the film he said, “I am sure that a lot of people do not think that Harry Met Sejal is an intellectual masterpiece, but I did not intend it to be one.” Imtiaz is known for his work in Jab We Met, Rockstar and Highway.
“I have not made this film for praise. You know I would like to be the director who can make different kinds of films. This one is made to reach the maximum number of people. Not to just get praise for myself.”
The SRK and Anushka Sharma starrer romance has drawn flak from reviewers who have called the flick mushy and something that has been churned out from the oven of typical “SRK romance”, bereft of any storyline.
Imtiaz, whose movies have a central theme of relationships and their vagaries, said he has never belonged to the “intelligent club” and always aimed to make the film for the masses.
“Some said you really need to be intelligent to understand an Imtiaz Ali film. For me, that was a blow. I feel that I have never been part of any intelligent club. I wanted to make a very simple film with all my heart,” Imtiaz said.
“I have been a veteran at this. When Tamasha released, lot of people praised the film but the film was not reaching the audience,” Imtiaz added.
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