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I'm not drawn to formulaic films: Leena Yadav

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Filmmaker Yadav, known for her critically acclaimed film "Parched", says she is drawn to complex and flawed characters and doesn't see herself exploring formulaic movies as everything is just perfect in it.

"I am not drawn to formulaic films because there is no space for flawed characters to exist in that set up. Sometimes in my scripts characters have been one dimensional and I have changed them on set... I can't see a black and white character because I haven't met any," told

The filmmaker explains, it's the detailing and the back stories of characters which fascinate her.

"If I see a villain, I want to see his vulnerabilities. Why did he become what he is? I truly believe we start off as good people and then circumstances shape us. It bores me if I see a hero who is perfect. There has to be some kind of flaw in him," she adds.

Leena, who made her debut in 2005 with Aishwarya starrer "Shabd", appreciates people who can pull off a successful commercial entertainer but cannot see herself venturing into that space.

The says she's intrigued with the grey side which exists in people and wanted to explore that even in her latest comedy-drama, ""

"For me, everybody is complex. In 'Parched', the men were equally victims of the conditioning. Similarly, with the father-son relationship in 'Rajma Chawal'. They both can be flawed but let's have a conversation around it."


Featuring Rishi Kapoor, Anirudh Tanwar and Amyra Dastur, "Rajma Chawal" chronicles the story of a father who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son through social media, a new world for him.

While streaming on a platform like removes the pressure of the box office figures, says the number game can get "tricky."

"It is not that I don't bother about box office. According to me 'Parched' was a very commercial film too."

When asked if she was ever told by producers to make a massy film, Leena said, "I was always told, make one comedy and then you make whatever you want. So I have finally made my dramedy with 'Rajma Chawal'.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 13:50 IST
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