Stockholm’s Impact Winner Leena Yadav Plots English-Language Projects (EXCLUSIVE)

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Stockholm's Impact Winner Leena Yadav Plots English-Language Projects

“Parched’s” helmer Leena Yadav, who won Stockholm film festival’s Impact award, is getting ready to make her English-language debut with vet U.S. producer Susan Cartsonis (“What Women Want”).

The Indian-born director, who will receive a cash grant of 1 million Skr ($120K) during the closing ceremony tomorrow, said she was working with her reps at the Gersh Agency and Cartsonis on a coming-of-age tale centering on three American sisters aged between 25 and 40 who embark on a trip to India.

“I want it to be funny, tender with some romantic bits, said Yadav. “It will depict a road trip — We often learn so much about ourselves and others during long journeys.”

The helmer said she was also looking forward to filming India from a different perspective and working in a different language.

She pointed out her experience working with foreign technicians on “Parched” gave her the desire to work abroad in different languages.

Yadad is also currently writing another English-language project as well as an Indian film.

The former deals with characters living alternate lives on the Internet and will take place in three countries around the world. The helmer is looking for a co-writer and a development fund for this pic. Meanwhile, the Indian dramedy, which Yadav is developing with “Parched” producer at Blue Waters Motion Pictures, is a “slice of life” telling the tale of a father who is forced to learn new technology in order to communicate with his son.

“Parched,” which world premiered at Toronto to warm reviews, is an India/U.S./U.K. co-production set in a rural village in Northwest India. The pic has been described as a bittersweet and contempo portrayal of four ordinary women in India.

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