After acting, Samir Soni now wants to explore the world behind camera, and will be debuting as a director with Sanjay Suri’s production My Birthday Song. The film is said to be a thriller drama which has also been written by Soni.
Talking about how he came with the idea of turning a director with this film, Sameer Soni said, “I have always enjoyed writing or thinking about stories that would interest me. One of my stories that stuck with me for a long time was My Birthday Song. One day I brought up the script with my good friend Sanjay Suri and he loved it and soon it was clear to both of us that the film would be best served if I directed and he acted and produced. I couldn’t be happier as I have always admired Sanjay both as an actor and producer, one of the torch bearers of independent cinema in India. We’re both enjoying the process and trying to push the envelope. We often joke about My Birthday Song being our “Good Will Hunting”. Fingers crossed.”
Sanjay Suri who has produced films like My Brother Nikhil and the National Award winning I AM is kicked about producing and playing the lead in My Birthday Song. He said, “Samir has been a close friend and one day he casually came to narrate a script to me. He finished the narration and I told him that he must direct this one. He in turn said, ‘will you act in it? And my answer was, ‘not only would I love to act in it but also produce it’. I always knew that Soni would someday direct a film. I am happy that he has put his faith in me both as an actor and an independent producer. I am extremely excited about the script and have started our first schedule in Delhi/NCR as of yesterday.”
Sanjay and Samir will also record an English song for the film and Samir has penned the lyrics for the same. “We all have grown up on Hindi and English music and we feel that a title track in Hindi with an English version will fit best for our film,” says Samir. It will be a soft rock song composed by Rajiiv Bhalla (of I AM fame). Sanjay adds, “I am excited to be working with Rajiv Bhalla again after I AM. I also feel that music doesn’t confine itself to any boundary or barriers. So the decision to record a song in Hindi first and come out with an English version of the same is actually quite exciting and the niche is rather large.”
Produced under the banner Kahwa Entertainment, My Birthday Song also stars Canadian Morocan actor Nora Fatehi in the lead along with Miss India Australia 2013 Zenia Starr with actor Pitobash in a cameo.