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Prernaa Arora doesn’t believe in being a feminist; says she’s someone who believes in a man’s world

Padman producer Prernaa Arora’s list of films lined up for the next year are a testimony to the fact that she’s one of the biggest producers in Bollywood in the recent times.

bollywood Updated: Dec 17, 2017 15:55 IST
Rishabh Suri
Rishabh Suri
Hindustan Times
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Prernaa Arora had produced Toilet: Ek Prem Katha starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar.

Producer Prernaa Arora has steadily emerged as one of the biggest producers in Bollywood. She’s been working with the biggest of stars, making big-budget films and winning awards, too. Her last film, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha was a hit and garnered great response from the audience and critics alike, and she continues her association with actor Akshay Kumar in his upcoming film, Padman. The trailer of the film released on Friday and is already creating waves for its storyline, which is about a man developing low-cost sanitary napkins for women.

What makes KriArj, Prernaa’s production house back such unconventional subjects? She says, “Our aim has been to make films jo bheed se alag hain, jo kabhi aaya nahi, kisi ne dare nahi kiya (to make films that are unique and not seen before). Akshay sir brought a revolution with Toilet... and agreed to a script, which he knew many actors had rejected. He took a big step and we were with him in this together. Normally, people don’t believe in your films until they prove themselves at the box-office.”

Asked if it’s any tough being a female boss in an industry which has mostly been dominated by men, she has an interesting take. “I am not a feminist. I respect every man, get inspired by them, and they are my role models. You need to know your skills perfectly as a producer, the know-how of the tactics and business. I don’t think there’s any botheration if you have those skills — I learn from males; I find them superior. I am not into that ‘auratein mahaan hoti hain’. Sab mahaan hote honge, but I am someone who believes in a man’s world. I am being honest.”

Talking about Padman, which is based on life story of Tamil Nadu based man Arunachalam Muruganantham, Prernaa shares, “The plot itself — a man making and selling [low-cost] sanitary napkins in India — has never been done before, not even thought of! I, thus, believe in only that kind of cinema, which is new and refreshing. I don’t want to just make any sort of films with mediocrity.”

Here’s the exciting lineup of her films for the next year — Fanne Khan with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, Vishal Bhardwaj’s untitled film with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan, Kedarnath starring Sushant Singh Rajput and Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan, Pari — a joint production with Anushka Sharma and Parmanu starring John Abraham and Diana Penty.

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First Published: Dec 17, 2017 15:55 IST