Soundarya Rajinikanth: The mindset that women filmmakers only direct women-oriented scripts should go away

The VIP 2 director says that the mindset needs to change about women filmmakers in Indian cinema.

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Kajol, Dhanush and Soundarya Rajinikanth promote VIP 2.

With her second film as a director lined up for release, Soundarya Rajinikanth is all pepped and happy to have worked on a film like VIP 2. Written and produced by Dhanush, VIP 2 will have Bollywood actress Kajol in an important role in the film and Amala Paul would be playing the female lead as she did in the prequel.

Speaking to a leading tabloid, Soundarya Rajinikanth spoke on how she felt women filmmakers were stereotyped and how few things can be changed. “I sincerely wish the mindset that women filmmakers only direct women-oriented scripts should go away. ‘VIP 2’ is a commercial movie and I’m happy to have helmed the project as a female director,” opined Soundarya Rajinikanth.

Speaking about her debut film Kochadaiyaan, Soundarya feels that Indian audience still feel that animation is cartoons. “‘Kochadaiyaan’ was a photo-realistic performance-capture film. It was new to the Indian audiences, who still have the mindset that animation is cartoons. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working in both the mediums equally,” says the 32-year old filmmaker.

Speaking about Kajol, who plays a character with few negative shades, Soundarya says Kajol’s character is not really a villain. “There is no villain as such in ‘VIP 2’. While Raghuvaran played by Dhanush is street-smart, an honest and straightforward character, Vasundhara Parameshwar essayed by Kajol is a very confident, self-made, independent woman. Vasundhara will not be a typical antagonist role. Their ideologies clash at a particular juncture in the film and what happens there onwards is what the story is about,” says Soundarya.

Talking about her upcoming films, Soundarya says, “I’m not sure about my next project, but it will not be an animation film. It will again be a feature movie.”

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