Prerna Arora and Arjun N. Kapoor, co-founders of KriArj Entertainment, are on a roll with a packed schedule owing to the films they are producing. The production house, which began its journey with Akshay Kumar-starrer Rustom (2016), is gearing up for the release of their next, Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that hits theatres on Friday.

The film is a satirical take on a battle against the age-old tradition of open defecation in the country and aims to spread awareness about the issue.

SpotboyE.com sat down for a chat with Prerna Arora who took us through her journey and plans for future.

Ask her about KriArj bagging Rustom and she says that it was a sheer case of ‘being at the right place at the right time’. “We (Prerna and Arjun) started the company and met Kamal Haasan. He was keen on doing a film with Akshay Kumar and a meeting was arranged. However, the deal didn’t happen then. Then, sometime later, Rustom came our way. We were fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. Akshay sir was also a partner on the film (Cape Of Good Films). It all just fell into place,” says Prerna.

akshay kumar and bhumi pednekar in toilet ek prem katha
Akshay Kumar And Bhumi Pednekar In Toilet Ek Prem Katha

Team Toilet: Ek Prem Katha has got good support from PM Narendra Modi, who also tweeted about it.

Needless to say, Prerna is delighted. “It’s big and overwhelming since it’s coming from the Prime Minister. The country looks up to him as he is one of the biggest leaders we have today. He is bringing about a lot of changes in India with initiatives like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan being a proof. Toilet: Ek Prem Katha is our way of contributing to society,” explains Prerna.

Besides Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, KriArj is also co-producing Anushka Sharma-starrer Pari, posters of already aroused curiosity amongst movie buffs. Talking about collaborating with Anushka, Prerna states, “I really wanted to work with Anushka. She doesn’t shy away from taking up challenges or experimenting. Whatever she did in NH10 was amazing. She is not looking at numbers and wants to do something extraordinary. Pari is very different from whatever we have seen so far.”

poster of pari
Poster Of Pari

Furthermore, Anushka has always been outspoken about the cuts suggested by the Censor Board and was particularly upset during NH10. So, where, according to Prerna does censorship stand today? “I believe in what Pahlaj Nihalani says. I am with him. We are no one to challenge their decisions. It’s a huge responsibility and if he is voicing out something strongly, we need to respect that,” she asserts.

So, wouldn’t she be disappointed if certain scenes are diluted or shortened? “I haven’t faced it till now. Hopefully we wouldn’t. But if we do, we will have to go with it. I am not going to oppose it. This is my point of view. As an independent producer, if I make a film with complete conviction and they (Board members) feel that it’s going to be harmful to the society in any way, I am going to opt out.”

Prerna and Arjun are also working in tandem with John Abraham for Parmanu-The Story Of Pokhran. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, the film is based on the nuclear test conducted in Pokhran in 1998. Talking about Parmanu, Prerna informs, “After Airlift, I am seeing that the youth of the country is interested in subjects which showcase patriotism, are inspirational, promote positivity. Parmanu has a thrill element.”

john abraham in parmanu
John Abraham In Parmanu

That’s not all. The duo are also backing Sara Ali Khan’s debut, Kedarnath, which features Sushant Singh Rajput opposite her and has Abhishek Kapoor at the helm. Ask her about the debutante and she says, “Sara is a beautiful person and extremely promising. You know a star is in the making when you look at her. Abhishek Kapoor  (Gattu, as he is fondly called) is very confident about her and we are lucky to have both her and Sushant on board.”

sara ali khan and sushant singh rajput
Sara Ali Khan And Sushant Singh Rajput

Up next, also in KriArj’s kitty are Fanney Khan starring Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhinav Bindra’s biopic featuring Harshvarshan Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj’s next – to name just a few.

anil kapoor and aishwarya rai
Anil Kapoor And Aishwarya Rai

Well played, Prerna. In a short time, you have gone from strength to strength and is a much-talked name in the Bollywood circuit.

 


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