Imtiaz Ali's fascination with trains continues with Love Aaj Kal

Trains have always played an important role in the narrative of Imtiaz Ali The movies. Jab We Met made Shahid Kapoor (Aditya) meet Kareena Kapoor Khan (Geet) on a train, which leads to her love story. Similarly, in Tamasha, Ranbir Kapoor (Ved) embarks on a train journey that takes him away from home. The director's love for train travel is evident in his next movie. Love aaj kal , too.

The movie starring Kartik Aaryan , Sara Ali Khan & Arushi Sharma showcases two love stories - one set in Udaipur in the early 90s & the other in modern-day Delhi. Here again, the train features prominently in the love story set in the 90s.

Also, a beautiful song has been shot in a train. Imtiaz says, “I think of a physical journey to be symbolic of an internal one & that is very essential for characters in my films. Train journeys, especially, have many memories for me, & so going back to them & creating something special in my films feels natural & good.”

He elaborates, “I am from Jamshedpur & generally, people from small towns have to travel a lot. When I was younger, I would often take a train from Jamshedpur to Kolkata. Then, when I was studying in Delhi & later on Mumbai, I had to travel by trains again. I still like travelling to Delhi by train, & when I am abroad, I always hop on one.”

Ask him about the chances of being recognised or being compelled to make conversation with other passengers, & he says, “In a train, everyone is accessible, which is the best thing. And yes, if someone recognises you, then you can’t get out of it. I don’t mind people coming up to me & chatting, but of course, you don’t want that to happen throughout the journey. Another thing that I always do during a train journey is, get off at railway stations when the train halts there. It's something I have always done. The train scene in Jab We Met happened because I had this fear that one day, I would miss a train. I had a recurring dream that I would miss my ride.”

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