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Imtiaz Ali reminds me of the late Yash Chopra: SRK
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Imtiaz Ali reminds me of the late Yash Chopra: SRK

King Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal is making waves everywhere owing to its title and first look.

Jab Harry Met Sejal is the first collaboration between Shah Rukh and Imtiaz, who has directed six films in his Bollywood career of more than a decade.

SRK, while sharing his experience with the director, seems to be in total awe of his proficiency of telling love stories, love for travel and his penchant for adding a touch of Punjab to his films is similar to the late filmmaker Yash Chopra, says Shah Rukh Khan

The upcoming romantic drama, which will release on August 4, will see Shah Rukh with his “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” and “Jab Tak Hai Jaan” heroine Anushka Sharma. The film has been widely shot in Prague, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Budapest.

“The film travels a lot but it is not on travel. It’s about a tour guide, but it’s a love story… Two people meet somehow and somewhere down the line, as they are moving around, they kind of fall in love,” Shah Rukh said recently, giving an insight into what the upcoming movie is about.

“It was really nice because of two things: One, Imtiaz knows Europe very well. So, we have shot the film in Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague and then Punjab. In a certain way, he reminds me of Yash Chopra because he writes love stories which travel all over India too and have a Punjabi taste. His writing is fantastic,” the SRK added.

Moreover, the actor found shooting for the film where he finds Imtiaz a “very gentle” person. “I guess that part shows in the film,” Shah Rukh added.

The film’s title was being speculated on for a long time until it was finally revealed on Thursday night. It’s a throwback to the 1989 film When Harry Met Sally, but Shah Rukh says the resemblance ends there.

“It is a throwback to that. The film is not like that at all. When Harry Met Sally is perhaps one of the most revered love stories. But Jab Harry Met Sejal is an unabashed love story,” he explained.

“It is a happy film as the poster suggests… And the character’s names are Harinder ‘Harry’ Singh and Sejal. It is kind of the Punjabi, Gujarati combination.”

A successful film producer who owns the Red Chillies Entertainment, SRK added, “Our films are also capacity films. I think they have the capacity to take on 4,000 screens and fill them up. If we come with another film, unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to fill in so we are running at half capacity… We haven’t been able to exploit what our market gives us.”

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