With Jacqueline and transgender mannequin Lama fronting her quick movie in Tell It Like a Woman, director Yadav hopes to vary ladies’s depiction in cinema
Director Leena Yadav flanked by Anjali Lama and Jacqueline Fernandez
It was a simple sure for Leena Yadav when she was approached by producer Carol Polakoff in 2020 to be part of Tell It Like a Woman. The anthology, backed by non-profit movie manufacturing firm We Do It Together, makes an attempt to subvert the best way ladies have been depicted in cinema. From Eva Longoria to Taraji P Henson, from Cara Delevingne to Anne Watanabe, stars from throughout the globe have joined forces for the endeavour, bringing seven quick movies helmed by feminine administrators to the fore.
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Yadav’s quick, titled Sharing a Ride and shot in Mumbai, options Jacqueline Fernandez and Nepal’s first transgender mannequin Anjali Lama. “My segment sees Jacqueline as a cosmetologist who is obsessed with beauty and perfection. When she shares a rickshaw on a rainy day with a traffic cop, played by Anjali, she is initially repulsed by the transgender. But finally, the transgender heals the cisgender,” says the director. Roping in the correct actors was essential for such a delicate story. “I was clear that I wanted to cast a transgender. There is something honest and powerful about Anjali, and how she has owned her sexuality. Jacqueline met me within 48 hours of my approaching her. It’s amazing how she surrendered herself as an actor.”
Yadav, who previously helmed the women-led Parched (2015), says the anthology is one other step in direction of preventing for gender equality. “By using cinema and breaking stereotypes of women, [we] aim to create change in people. The movies change the narrative where women are the subject rather than [being objectified]. It’s inclusive of every gender.”