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The audience still wants to see films where a hero could punch 100 people, says filmmaker Leena Yadav

Filmmaker Leena Yadav says that getting the audience to the theatre for films that lack star value is a problem.

bollywood Updated: Feb 06, 2018 18:16 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Leena Yadav,Parched,Teen Patti
Filmmaker Leena yadav is working with senior actor Rishi Kapoor in her next film, Rajma Chawal.(Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

Filmmaker Leena Yadav who has directed films such as Shabd (2005), Teen Patti (2010) and Parched (2016) is now busy with her next film, Rajma Chawal starring Rishi Kapoor. While all her films earned their due share of critically acclaim, Leena feels that to strike a chord with the masses, serving a commercial entertainer is vital and challenging, too.

“Films often work because of stars and that’s what we have been used to. And I believe it will take time for that mindset to change,” says Leena.

However, the filmmaker also believes that there are takers for offbeat films, too. “The most interesting thing is that if people go, more often than not, they appreciate it. But, getting them to the theatre is the problem. If they don’t get a sense of star value, they aren’t convinced,” says Leena, who states that the reason behind this mindset is because of the kind of films that Bollywood has been churning out for years.

“For the longest time, cinema has been the mode of escapism. The audience doesn’t want to see reality in cinema. They want to go there, forget about reality, and see larger than life things — where a hero could punch 100 people and do stuff like that,” she says (laughs).

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However, with content driven films taking over, Leena feels that the change is near. “You see, it’s something that we have been used to for so many years and it can’t change it overnight. But of late, all the smaller films have done better business than the big blockbusters. So, it’s a starting point and it will gradually change,” she muses.

Talking about her film, Rajma Chawal, which shows how social media has taken over our lives, Leena says that she doesn’t believe in bringing about a revolution in the society through films. “Whether films can influence the society is a never-ending debate. If that happened, we could have built a utopia through films. I don’t know how much of that happens. I believe, through films, you can only give the audience a starting point for a discussion and that, as a filmmaker, is a victory for me.”

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First Published: Feb 06, 2018 18:16 IST