Mumbai: 42 Kms a movie inspired by the Mumbai & Delhi marathon will be releasing on 23 January, 2009. The movie depicts the life of five different people a house wife (Mandira Bedi), a football player (Sammir Dattani), a village boy (Purab Kohli), and a college bunker (Prashant Chainani). But the most unusual story will be the one portrayed by Bikram Saluja , of a business tycoon.
In one of his interviews, on a TV channel, business tycoon, Anil Ambani had discussed how he was dealing with some foreign investors some years ago, when he was hugely overweight and how one of them had questioned him as to how they could trust him with their money when he was not even able to take care of his own health. This statement had challenged Ambani to lose weight and he had started running for miles every day to prepare for the Boston marathon.
In the film Saluja too has to face a similar challenge of getting fitter as his foreign investor would not invest in his company as they feel the person with whom they are dealing with is not even capable of taking care of his health – which in turn could cause them losses.
"My storyline is similar to Anil Ambani’s. I wouldn’t say it’s an exact copy but yes there is a similarity. I enjoyed this film as I have two different looks in the film" says Saluja.
Says the director of the film Nisha Chainani, "All the characters in the film are inspired by someone or the other. I had myself run the marathon and that’s what gave me the idea of making a movie about it. I have tried to show some of my own experiences and that of people I knew."