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Hope I’m able to justify Shah Rukh Khan’s talent in ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’: Imtiaz Ali

Mumbai: Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali said it was a great experience to work with Shah Rukh Khan in “Jab Harry Met Sejal” and he hopes that he justifies the superstar’s talent in the film.

Imtiaz, who has previously directed films such as “Jab We Met”, “Love Aaj Kal” and “Tamasha”, has teamed up with Shah Rukh for the first time in the upcoming romantic comedy, which also features Anushka Sharma.

“He is the most gracious, funny, passionate person, filmmaker friend that one can hope for. It’s his kindness that the film has turned out so well,” Imtiaz told reporters here last night.

“I’m happy that I got a chance to work with The Shah Rukh Khan. I hope I’ve been able to justify the huge talent and resource that the man is.”

The filmmaker also praised Anushka and said he wanted to work with the actress since a very long time.

Recently, Shah Rukh had compared Imtiaz to Yash Chopra, saying that the “Rockstar” director’s flair for writing love stories reminds him of the late filmmaker.

When asked about the same, Imtiaz said “To be compared to Mr Yash Chopra is both, a matter of unbelievable pride and a little embarrassment and humiliation because in my own eyes I stand nowhere close to him.

“I would never say that I have any quality which resembles him because for me, he is just a huge legend. Just my name taken in the same sentence as Yash Chopra will make my family very proud.”

“Jab Harry Met Sejal” is set to hit the theatres on August 4.

Imtiaz is also excited to watch his friend Ranbir Kapoor’s latest “Jagga Jasoos” directed by Anurag Basu.

“I am very excited, almost nervous about the prospect of ‘Jagga Jasoos’. I’ll be there first day first show to watch the film and I wish everybody does, because this is the most hugely talented director and actor coming together.”
PTI