Imtiaz Ali on Saif Ali Khan film

Director Imtiaz Ali, whose romantic comedy Jab We Met has made a mark at the box office, denies reports that he will direct a film to be produced by Saif Ali Khan on the recommendation of Kareena Kapoor.

"That’s totally untrue. Saif and I have been in talks about a possible project long before Kareena and Jab We Met came my way. It’s one among the many projects that Saif’s production house is looking at," Imtiaz said.

The director says he was so busy with his second film after Socha Naa Tha that he didn’t pay any attention to the media uproar about the real life split between his lead pair Kareena and Shahid Kapur.

"Frankly, I’ve been too obsessed with my film to see what’s been happening. Any kind of bitterness between two people is better left to be sorted out between them."

While Shahid and Kareena are shown as falling in love in Jab We Met, the opposite happened in real life. Kareena is also rumoured to be dating Saif.

"The audience is aware of what’s happening. Rather than take away from the onscreen chemistry the off-screen happenings might add another dimension to the goings-on in my film".

"Honestly, I don’t see the Kareena-Shahid angle making any difference to the ticket counters. People are smart enough to know they can get their gossip free of charge on any news channel. Why pay Rs.250 to see the lead pair for behind-the-scenes gossip?"

"They’ll go if the film excites them. If you make a sincere film, the work should speak for you. I guess the good old days of the product being the star is over. But I still believe if you make a good film, you get your audience. If you don’t nothing helps."

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