"But let’s see what happens.”
Rumours have circulated that Imtiaz Ali is in talks to direct a Jab We Met sequel.
The filmmaker directed the 2007 film, which starred Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.
It became a cult classic and while Shahid’s character Aditya still earns the actor a lot of affection, Kareena’s Geet is often ranked among the best of her career.
Media reports have claimed that a sequel might be on the way, however, it is not known whether Shahid and Kareena would be part of it.
Imtiaz has now broken his silence on the matter, stating:
“No, it’s not happening.
“I don’t have a story for Jab We Met 2 yet. I’ve heard of these and read these reports and articles.
“Nobody asked me before publishing them, so I don’t know what to say. But let’s see what happens.”
Imtiaz’s comments come after Shahid seemingly hinted at a collaboration between him and Imtiaz.
One fan on X had asked Shahid:
“I’ve noticed that you and Imtiaz Ali have been interacting a lot recently! Is there any project in the works?”
Shahid replied: “Smart Boy.”
Currently, Imtiaz Ali is working on Chamkila, which stars Diljit Dosanjh and Parineeti Chopra.
Featuring music by AR Rahman, the film is a biopic on the late Punjabi singer Amar Singh Chamkila, who was shot dead at the age of 27.
Amar Singh Chamkila was extremely popular with the village audience.
His monthly bookings regularly outnumbered the number of days in the month, with film composer Amit Trivedi labelling the singer “a legend, the Elvis of Punjab”.
Chamkila’s music was heavily influenced by the Punjabi village life he was surrounded by.
He commonly wrote songs about extramarital relationships, coming of age, alcohol, drug use and the short tempers of Punjabi men.
The singer earned a controversial reputation, with critics calling his music obscene.
The Netflix film is set to release sometime in 2024.
Sharing an update on the film, Imtiaz said:
“It’s coming pretty soon. I hope the audience likes it when they see it.”
“Shooting for Chamkila felt like a very different experience as a filmmaker.
“It involved a lot of unlearning, which is why I felt very fresh while making it and I’m sure that the audience will also witness that once they watch it.”
Detailing the impact Chamkila left on him, Imtiaz added:
“Working on a story like Chamkila helped me reconnect with a different side of myself and in the process, I felt very invigorated and rejuvenated.
“I truly can’t wait for everyone to watch it.”