Prem R Soni is a happy man. His dream of turning a director is coming true with his debut film MAIN AURR MRS. KHANNA. Even though the film comes along with an action thriller BLUE and musical comedy ALL THE BEST, he is confident that his Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor starrer would be able to strike a chord because of its simplicity. Over to Prem who has a choc-a-bloc schedule in days to come en route to his film’s release.
MAIN AURR MRS. KHANNA- Other than the obvious excitement of watching Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor together, why should one be walking into theatres?
(Laughs) You named a huge reason yourself. Other than that, the prime factor which makes MAIN AURR MRS. KHANNA a film to watch out for is its simplicity. We aren’t claiming that ‘Hey, come and watch the film; you would get to see some out of this world visuals with some grandeur treatment. Or you would fall from your seats laughing or drench your tissue paper with tears!’. All we are saying is, if you want to see a simple love story, come watch our film. At least you would go back smiling.
Is that the reason why your film’s publicity too is relatively low key when compared to the other biggies in the fray?
Exactly. It is just following the film’s genre and treatment. See, MAIN AURR MRS. KHANNA is a subtle, simple, pure and a real film. There is nothing outlandish or over the top about it. Same holds good for the promotion as well. We didn’t want it on your face. That won’t help. We are just projecting what the film is all about. I want my film to do most of the talking instead of TV promos, hoardings or other standard media campaign.
You just mentioned a point around the film being ‘real’. Do you want to elaborate?
The film is indeed real, both in its background as well as treatment. When I was writing the story, I was actually inspired by the real happenings in the life of one of my friends. Even he was going through some marital issues. I took that as a germ of my film’s story, fictionalised it further and then took it up from there. I am very fascinated by real people and have always believed that a film has to be a perception of real life.
With Sohail Khan also present in the film that has Salman and Kareena playing a married couple, the obvious question is- ‘Is there an extra marital angle to MAIN AURR MRS. KHANNA?’
(Laughs) Oh, this question has been asked so many times and I am glad that good curiosity is being built around the film, courtesy a smart promotional campaign. However, let me tell you that the film doesn’t have an extra marital relationship or cheating involved. It just tells the film from the point of view of an outsider. Sohail is someone who looks at Mrs. Khanna (Kareena Kapoor) and sees the kind of issues that she is facing. In fact whether it is Sohail or even Salman for that matter, both of them have an element of ‘main’ in them. They see Mrs. Khanna in different ways and this is what forms the crux of the film.
Sounds interesting. Can you elaborate further?
All I can add is that MAIN AURR MRS. KHANN is a contemporary relationships based film set in today’s times. It talks about how people look at marriage today. How youth can manage to get a married relationship going for them if they just try hard enough. But just to reiterate the point that I made earlier, there is nothing overtly dramatic that you get to see on screen. Narrative is kept simple all throughout the film’s duration.