This could well find an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. To begin with, it is very rare for both the husband and the wife to be directors in Bollywood. Moreover, it is almost improbable for them to see a film of theirs release within a week of each other. Well, this is happening indeed for Jasmine D’Souza and Tony D’Souza as their films One Night Stand and Azhar are set to arrive on April 29 and May 6 respectively.
“This is a record. Period,” says a Bollywood historian, “This has never happened before at least in Bollywood. Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder are directors but they never had their films arrive so close at the box office. Ashwini Iyer Tiwari is turning director with Nil Battey Sannaata but her husband Nitish Tiwari’s film Dangal is many months away. Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao have directed one film each and that’s about it. Mahesh Bhatt hasn’t directed a film for ages now though wife Soni Razdan is making Love Affair more than a decade after Nazar. It is only Tony and Jasmine who are seeing two films in a matter of one week.”
Not that it was planned this way.
“Azhar was always slated for May 13 arrival. This is the way everyone involved with the film planned out the shooting, post production and marketing schedule. In fact Mirzya was earlier announced for the same date but that too moved away. On the other hand, One Night Stand has seen a few changes in the release date as Sunny has a series of films in her kitty,” an insider comments.
There were speculations though that One Night Stand would be pushed further ahead and actually end up clashing with Azhar on May 13 itself. However, the Sunny Leone starrer is releasing on 6th May.
So how is the real life couple reacting to the record in the making?
“Guess it is providence that hum dono ki filmon ke promo ek saath chal rahe hain. Sometimes Azhar is trending and at other times, One Night Stand is keeping social media abuzz,” says Jasmine.
Looking forward to the release of both the films.