Imtiaz’s youngest bro turns director

A family of filmmakers, that’s the Brothers Ali! While the gifted maker Imtiaz Ali’s younger brother Arif Ali made his directorial debut earlier this year with ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’, we now learn that his youngest brother Sajid Ali is also set to make his directorial debut with the curiously-named film, ‘Banana’.

The film is being produced for Sajid by John Abraham, though the actor reportedly will not star in it. While details about ‘Banana’ are yet awaited, it is said to be a coming-of-age film set in Jamshedpur. Jamshedpur, coincidentally, is the town where Imtiaz and his two brothers grew up.

According to a source, “‘Banana’ is a film about friendship, loyalty and love set in Jamshedpur. All the protagonists are 17-year-olds. Sajid has shot the entire film in Jamshedpur where incidentally Vikamraditya Motwane had also shot his debut film ‘Udaan’. It’s about the ups and downs of school life.”

Confirming the news, Sajid, who is 12 years younger than Imtiaz, said: “Yes, I’m following my brothers into film direction. I’ve followed them all my life, trying to be like them. They’ve set high standards. But let’s see if I can live up to expectations.”

By the sound of ‘Banana’, which is expected to be out by the year-end, we think it will!

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