From light to dark: important to switch between two extreme genres, says Imtiaz Ali


“If my characters are allowed to change, why not me,” asks filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, arguing that he couldn’t have written the dark, brooding “She” without the effervescent “Jab We Met.”

The second season of “She,” which explores the squalid underbelly of Mumbai through the eyes of a cop who discovers his sexuality and confidence while working undercover as a sex worker, has returned for a second season on Netflix. Friday. And comparisons to his previous films, including “Socha Na Tha,” “Tamasha,” and “Highway,” are inevitable.

“I got a lot of responses for ‘Elle’ indicating that people weren’t expecting it. They were surprised but almost all the responses were positive. Stories like ‘She’ and ‘Highway’ were written long before, it’s just that others came before,” Ali told PTI in a Zoom interview. He well remembers his first “light story” which also became his first film. – ”Socha Na Tha” – and is happy to be able to change tracks and have something to say in other darker spheres as well.

The director said that it is important to move between two extremes in the genres without losing balance.

“It’s not that ‘Jab We Met’ Imtiaz Ali wouldn’t have written ‘She’. Quite the contrary in fact. If my characters are allowed to change, why am I not? Of course there will be a change in the way I write, but I think ‘She’ wouldn’t have been possible without ‘Jab We Met’. I think these are related,” Ali said.

The second season of ”She”, directed by Aaditi Pohankar, is directed by Ali’s brother, Arif Ali, and produced by Viacom 18 Studios’ Tipping Point and Window Seat Films. It sees the protagonist explore his newfound confidence and sexuality. She is bound by duty to the police force but also struggles with her attraction to drug lord and assassin Nayak. According to Ali, the second season will see its central character Bhumi go through a more internal journey. “There are two things as themes in this season, one of them is the seduction of darkness, we even have a theme music for that. There are some very comforting qualities about darkness, sin, and being wrong. This frees her in many ways. ”The second theme, which I found interesting, is that sometimes in life, survival becomes a choice. You have to choose if you want to survive or not. And in the second season, Bhumi decides to survive.” The story of “Elle” came to Ali as he walked the “streets of infamy” in Hong Kong.

”…this idea of ​​the big bad world of the underworld, prostitution and the authorities that mix in the narrow alleys of a big city like Mumbai. Also, the idea of ​​intimacy in a dangerous situation like that and female power. I wanted to find it from inside a woman’s mind rather than objectifying it…” Ali said. The first season of the show was in the top 10 most watched shows in India before the premiere of the second season. This, Ali said, makes him feel like part of a community where creators and viewers look forward to the same. “It’s gratifying that an OTT show has legacy value. If you do something, you know it can be viewed almost 20-30 years later. That’s not the feeling you get on TV. It’s a bit disconcerting that a show only airs once on television. Before, we said to television producers like me: “Whatever you do, it’s a picture with a show. So don’t work too hard on it,” Ali said recalling his early years on television. Unlike television, the director said, an OTT broadcast has “an almost unlimited shelf life”. “Some people watch ‘She’ for the first time, others watch the show again… Shows like ‘Narcos’ have been discovered all over the world over the years. So a show that doesn’t do well in the first two years could go gold in the third or fourth year. It’s gratifying for a filmmaker to know that if you do something, it has the potential to be discovered later by the public.”

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