PR­ERNA ARORA is on a roll. And how! This im­mensely tal­ented diva has bagged her first Na­tional Award for her de­but film Rus­tom and has also se­cured her po­si­tion in the 100 crore film club. Her kitty of films in­clud­ing Toi­let: Ek Prem Katha to Pari­are fasc

Stardust (English) - - COURT MARTIAL -

Most peo­ple tend to be in­clined to­wards act­ing or di­rec­tion. What made you take up pro­duc­tion as a ca­reer? I un­der­stand a lot of peo­ple are in­clined to­wards act­ing but I think pro­duc­ing a film is a very dif­fer­ent ball game al­to­gether. Ev­ery­body has dif­fer­ent tal­ents and skills, it’s about recog­nis­ing your own tal­ents. You can be tal­ented as a chef or a de­signer. You dis­cover your­self not in the ini­tial stage or when you are grow­ing up, but when you are a lit­tle more sen­si­ble and ma­ture. So, for me pro­duc­tion is def­i­nitely some­thing I re­ally wanted to get into 100 per cent. I was al­ways fas­ci­nated with the world that film­mak­ers and pro­duc­ers cre­ate like Rakesh Roshan’s film or Shakti Sa­manta Films or Hr­ishikesh Mukher­jee Films. So I wanted to de­vote my life to the busi­ness of film­mak­ing and it is some­thing I truly be­lieve in.

This is sup­pos­edly a male dom­i­nated space. How do you pre­pare your­self to cope with all the chal­lenges? Well, luck­ily I have never faced this kind of chal­lenge here. I have been very warmly and cor­dially wel­comed. Now we know this is the time of revo­lu­tion, where ev­ery­thing is all about equal­ity. It’s a phase where peo­ple are ac­cept­ing ta­lent. Peo­ple re­alise the value you bring on the ta­ble ir­re­spec­tive of the gen­der you are. So, I don’t think I re­ally have any is­sues, rather I think peo­ple are more en­cour­ag­ing. I have not got any kind of dis­re­spect from any­body. When you are start­ing out in your ca­reer - be it any­body - new­com­ers ko al­ways dikkat hoti hai. There are al­ways chal­lenges for new com­ers. You have to even­tu­ally prove your­self. It’s a test of time. One should al­ways work so hard that peo­ple as­so­ciate with you, un­der­stand what you are do­ing, how you are work­ing, slowly, steadily, and there is a faith which builds up. A pro­ducer has a lot of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, so you can­not af­ford to make any mis­takes.

How is your pro­duc­tion house KriArj dif­fer­ent from other pro­duc­tion houses? What are the unique things you look for be­fore se­lect­ing any film? So we have been very for­tu­nate as a new com­pany to work with Ak­shay sir. I learnt a lot about the in­dus­try in this process. We are re­ally care­ful with our sub­jects. We are in­vest­ing emo­tion­ally on the film­mak­ers. So ba­si­cally, we are in­vest­ing on the prod­uct. When I say this, I am not only say­ing about the con­tent but also the mak­ers. So as KriArj, we are very clear with the peo­ple we want to work with. For ex­am­ple, we want to work with Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra, Vishal Bhard­waj and Ab­hishek Kapoor. KriArj is a comp­nay which wants to in­vest on these film­mak­ers, di­rec­tors and busi­ness part­ners.

How did you get your first break? It’s all about de­ter­mi­na­tion. Op­por­tu­ni­ties come your way at the right time and when you want some­thing from your heart, it re­ally hap­pens, mir­a­cles do hap­pen. So of course! you can­not con­trol ev­ery­thing, the uni­verse con­trols you. Swami Vivekananda has al­ways said, and my mom has al­ways taught me to live with one idea in life. You have to make it hap­pen any­how, there is no stop­ping. So then when you are de­ter­mined, your ca­reer starts build­ing up for you. You need to be tal­ented but lucky as well. So, of course, we got our first break with Rus­tom and the rest is his­tory!.

If ever given op­por­tu­nity would you try your hands in act­ing as well? No.

I want to do 100 films with Ak­shay Ku­mar be­cause he is the best.”

You have pro­duced three movies up till now, all with Ak­shay Ku­mar. Any spe­cific rea­son be­hind it? I want to do 100 films with Ak­shay Ku­mar be­cause he is the best. He is supremly tal­ented and that is what made me want to work with him. I want to keep on work­ing with him.

How is your equa­tion with Ak­shay Ku­mar? It’s a great col­lab­o­ra­tion as a team. He is a per­fec­tion­ist, noth­ing is medi­ocre with him. He de­mands dis­ci­pline, perfection at work, and as a pro­ducer, we have a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity. He is so par­tic­u­lar about ev­ery­thing. The equa­tion is about mak­ing sure that ev­ery­thing falls cor­rectly and there should be no er­ror.

Can you tell us about your up­com­ing pro­jects? We are shoot­ing for Par­manu with John Abra­ham, Pari with Anushka Sharma, we have col­lab­o­rated with Anushka Shrama and her com­pany Clean Slate Pic­tures. So there is Toi­let : Ek Prem Katha, and then we will start shoot­ing for Fan­ney Khan with Rakeysh Om­prakash Mehra. And then Kedar­nath with Ab­hishek Kapoor, star­ring Sushant and Sarah, and then we will move on to pro­duce Three Sons with Vishal Bharad­waj, Deepika Padukone and Ir­rfan Khan.

How does it feel to bag the Na­tional Award for your first film Rus­tom? It’s nos­tal­gic, it did not come un­ex­pect­edly to me, I don’t know how any­body else felt about it but when I heard the sub­ject and when I saw Ak­shay sir on the sets my heart knew that this will get Ak­shay sir his Na­tional Award for sure. I am very cer­tain about his other films also. He is un­stop­pable.

Can you name some di­rec­tors and ac­tors you want to work with in the fu­ture? Shah Rukh Khan, it’s my dream to work with him. Also, Priyanka Cho­pra as she is ex­tremely tal­ented and con­fi­dent. She is some­body I re­ally want to work with but there is no op­por­tu­nity as of now. Also, di­rec­tor San­jay Leela Bhansali, Raju Hi­rani, Im­tiaz Ali, Anand Rai.

If not a pro­ducer then what would Prena Arora have been? Noth­ing (Laughs), I would have dis­ap­peared into the woods. Just kid­ding! I wouldn’t do that be­cause I would have def­i­nitely made this hap­pen I was very clear. There is noth­ing like ‘no’ in life. It is al­ways about mak­ing the im­pos­si­ble, pos­si­ble.

When I saw Ak­shay sir on the sets of Rus­tom my heart knew that this will bear Ak­shay Sir his Na­tional Award for sure.”

Toi­let ek prem katha


Still from Pari

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