Imtiaz Ali’s last outing Love Aaj Kal starring Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan had created a huge buzz around itself, but failed to impress the majority of critics as well as the audience. It is now that Imtiaz Ali has opened up about the criticism and the backlash that followed with the release of the film.

Love Aaj Kal that released on February 14 this year had Kartik, Sara, Randeep Hooda and Aarushi Sharma leading the film. Directed by Imtiaz Ali, it was a film based on the new age romance and unlike the filmmaker’s previous work, this did not hit the chord with the audience.

Imtiaz Ali On Love Aaj Kal Debacle: “Didn't Come To Mumbai For The People Giving Negative Or Positive Comments"
Imtiaz Ali On Love Aaj Kal Debacle: “Didn’t Come To Mumbai For The People Giving Negative Or Positive Comments”

Talking about the criticism and how this is not the first time he is on the receiving end of it. In a chat with Desimartini, Imtiaz said, “There are a lot of things I have done that have been criticized before. Thank God, that all of that is not about the films I make.”

Imtiaz expressed that as a filmmaker he needs to be opinionated about his own work and not bother what everyone else has to say. He said, “You need to have your opinion about the work you do and you need to have your own excitement about what you want to do. The reason that I came here in Bombay was not any of those people that are giving negative or positive comments. I came here because I like to do this and I like to do it in the best way and I want everybody to love it but sometimes that doesn’t happen. And when it doesn’t happen, you have got to take it in the same spirit that you take sometimes the success of your own films when people say positive things about you which I also get.”

He added, “Obviously, there is scope for improvement but also you have got to experiment a bit. I’d rather fail than play safe that will always be my policy and I am enjoying this ride. Every time you can’t go from one high to another. Sometimes you will have to come down to create a better peak so I take it like that.”

He concluded saying that every failure teaches him something.

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