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My next film won't be travel-oriented: Imtiaz Ali

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

It's while travelling that all of Ali's characters undergo a life-altering experience but the sayshis next won't involve travel, which would be a change for him.

Right from his debut, "Socha Na Tha", where Viren and Aditi and fall in love, to his last, where and realise they are meant to be together while searching for a ring in Europe, journeys have been an integral part of Imtiaz's

His next reunites him with his "Jab We Met" actor, and the is tight lipped about the project.

In an interview with PTI, says, "The film is a human story. It's in one place. If I can tell you one thing, it would be that it is not a travel-oriented film, which is a good thing for me, it will be different for me."

says while he did discuss the film with Shahid, nothing is official yet.

"It's not really decided (when the movie goes on floors), even the casting isn't decided yet. Shahid and I have met and spoken about it but it's not as if we have decided and signed anything at all. There's nothing officially planned about it," he says.

For Imtiaz, the decision to base his in a certain city comes very much at the scripting stage.

His breakthrough "Jab We Met", for instance, could've been based in too, but the says the reason to shift it to was natural.

"With me, it has always been at an early stage where I figure out a city, state or a country I'd like story in. While I was writing 'Jab We Met' where there was a girl on the train I kept asking questions to myself, that she's speaking in a certain way and is going to a certain location, which was from to

"So it had to be somewhere over there. It could've been Rajasthan, which I was earlier thinking. But the way she spoke, I felt she's a Punjabi girl. That's why it went to "

Just as much his characters, the cities in the backdrop form an important part of Imtiaz's be it Ved and bonding in Corsicain "Tamasha" or "Rockstar's who spirals down on the path of self destruction post reuniting with Heer in

"For or Prague, they stayed while I was writing the initial screenplay of these films. I had neither been to nor had I gone to or Bhatinda when I wrote about them but I had an impression of these places, largely from the pictures I had seen or from what people might've told him.

"Or historical details, whether the bombings had flattened or not it wasn't flat earlier and so I went. When I go to these cities, I take them in my script as well and work the screenplay around them," he adds.

At the recently concluded FICCI Frames, Imtiaz had mentioned a script which he had written about two countries.

When asked what the film is about, the 46-year-old director says,"There is something about displacement there. It is about two cultures, about the obvious differences between them but also similarities. It's a character which crossed from one to the other. So I felt and could be interesting."

While it's "another story" why the movie couldn't materialise yet, Imtiaz says his scripts which do not turn into films stay with him, and become a "part of me".

"Sometimes, they merge into other stories, become a part of several films, on their own. That also happens. But they never leave," he adds.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 14:55 IST