Preity Zinta Not An ‘Item Girl’ In Main Aurr Mrs Khanna
Premi Soni, who is making his debut as a director with the Salman Khan - Kareena Kapoor starrer Main Aurr Mrs Khanna, has mentioned that it will be "derogatory to call Preity Zinta an item girl".
"I have nothing against item girls or item songs. After all, they have time and again managed to spice up the proceedings in so many films. However, in the context of 'Main Aurr Mrs Khanna', it would be really derogatory to call Preity Zinta an item girl”, Soni tells.
Preity is doing an item number, Happening, in the movie. Even though he had always wished to cast Preity in his first movie, Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor proved to be the perfect actors for his characters.
"While I had signed other actors for the film, I always wanted Preity to be a part of it. Actually, I didn't even think about any other options and was dead sure that Preity had to be cast. I told her the same and was adamant that she had to be in it," said Soni.
Preeti, who essays the character of Haseen Jagmagiya in the movie, she said 'yes' when requested by Soni.
"Of course, she did have her initial reservations since she hadn't played a part like this before. But then she also said, 'What the heck, let me do it'. She laughed and agreed to be there. Believe me, my day was made. I had got all the actors whom I wanted for the film and was raring to bring the film on the floors," he said.
Preity's presence is a boost to the entertainment quotient of the movie.
"But then she is not randomly walking in and walking out of the frames. As Haseena Jagmagiya, she is quite funny and comes at the point in the film when Salman and Kareena are on the verge of making or breaking their relationship as a married couple."
When asked about Sohail Khan’s ‘extraordinary’ presence in the movie, the director said, "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 extramarital relationship or cheating angle. It just tells the story from the point of view of an outsider. Sohail is someone who looks at Mrs. Khanna (Kareena) 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," said the director for whom 16 is a lucky number.
Soni has been dreaming of making a film for the past 16 years now.
"Call it destiny, luck, fortune or sheer coincidence, but now my film is releasing on Oct 16. There is someone up in the sky who is certainly smiling at me. He wanted that the number 16 sticks with me. God has himself written 'Main Aurr Mrs. Khanna' for me," exclaims the filmmaker.
The movie which also has Yash Tonk in a pivotal role is a co-production of Ronnie Screwala and Sohail.