Jab Harry Met Sejal Was Not Meant To Be An Intellectual Masterpiece: Imtiaz Ali

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| August 6 , 2017 , 15:34 IST

The long-awaited and much promoted Imtiaz Ali film Jab Harry Met Sejal starring Bollywood Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma opened to mixed reviews and was touted as a disappointment by several fans.

Taking the criticism in stride, filmmaker Imtiaz Ali claimed that the movie was not intended to be an 'intellectual masterpiece'.

"I am sure that a lot of people do not think that 'Harry Met Sejal' is an intellectual masterpiece, but I did not intend it to be one," Imtiaz Ali said to media.

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Jab Harry Met Sejal drew flak from reviewers who termed the movie as 'mushy' and bereft of a storyline.

"Some said you really need to be intelligent to understand an Imtiaz Ali film. For me that was a blow. I feel that I have never been part of any intelligent club. I wanted to make a very simple film with all my heart," Imtiaz said.

"I have not made this film for praise. You know I would like to be the director who can make different kinds of films. This one is made to reach the maximum number of people. Not to just get praise for myself," he said.

"I have been a veteran at this. When 'Tamasha' released, lot of people praised the film but the film was not reaching the audience," Imtiaz added.

Working with Imtiaz for the first time, Shah Rukh Khan echoed the filmmaker, saying that the movie will take time to 'work its magic'.

"I have not seen Imtiaz Ali's previous work. I have always believed the film should go beyond the subject and create some magic. I also believe people come with preconcieved notion that they have seen already," the 51-year old actor said.

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"I am speaking on his (Imtiaz Ali's) behalf. I think sometimes the bigger feeling is to try something new. I have been in the business long enough to try a formula film and to try a film with no formula," SRK said.

"Some critics have talked about the magic being missing. I think he would not like to recreate that magic that he has done in the past. This one has a new magic. It's a new trick. Maybe just the newness of it is going to take some time for people to understand the magic of the film. Working with Imtiaz was quite magical," he added.

The movie Jab Harry Met Sejal tells the story of a Gujarati girl Sejal as she searches for her lost engagement ring with the help of travel guide Harry. The chance meeting changes both of them forever.