Today is a special day for debutant director Prem Soni. It is 16th September and exactly one month from now, i.e. 16th October, he would be seeing the kind of directorial launch that many could just dream of. In his very first film Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna, he has managed to get Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor together in a romantic affair. But wait, this is not entirely the reason behind Prem being seen in such an ecstatic mood. As statistics and hard facts reveal, number 16 holds a special place in his heart. Prem gives the reasons why.
"Well, I have been dreaming of making a film for exactly 16 years now. Call it destiny, luck, fortune or sheer coincidence but now my film is releasing on 16th October. There is someone up in the sky who is certainly smiling at me. He wanted that the number 16 sticks on with me. God has himself written Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna for me", exclaims 34 years old Prem who is happy to let his child like excitement be known to one and all.
Considering the fact that his film was originally slated to arrive over Valentine weekend early this year, doesn't he feel that the coincidence has only worked in his favour?
"You can say that", he smiles, "I have now got a Diwali weekend for myself. Yes, the film was originally being planned for February release but then a schedule had to be cancelled due to unavailability of dates of some key actors. Post that we did wrap up the film fast which included a couple of songs to be shot. But then the strike put a spanner in our films. As the saying goes, all is well that ends well. I have no regrets since this is the best time for the film to release."
With huge multi starrers like Blue and All The Best that have already been hyped beyond imagination, doesn't he feel that there is already too much happening on the Diwali weekend? Doesn't he feel that arriving a week later may perhaps help?
"Along with the cast and the crew of the film, I personally believe that Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna is a Diwali film", says Prem in a confident tone, "Everyone wants to see good films in cinemas and celebrate during festival occasions. Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna is a kind of film that you can see with your spouse or that special someone while holding his/her hand. There is a lot of romance and other heart warming moments in the film which justify its genre. I have no second thoughts around releasing my film on Diwali.''