I’m not drawn to for­mu­laic films: Leena Ya­dav

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Film­maker Leena Ya­dav, known for her crit­i­cally­ac­claimed film Parched (2016), says that 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 setup. 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,” Leena shares.

The film­maker ex­plains it’s the de­tail­ing and the back sto­ries of char­ac­ters that 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 Rai-San­jay Dutt star­rer Shabd, ap­pre­ci­ates peo­ple who can pull off a suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial en­ter­tainer but can’t see her­self ven­tur­ing into that space. The di­rec­tor says she’s in­trigued with the grey side which ex­ists in peo­ple.

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Leena Ya­dav says she not drawn to for­mu­laic films be­cause there is no space for flawed char­ac­ters to ex­ist in that setup

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