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Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra says male actors don't like working with him in his films as his heroes are "frail and vulnerable", something new which goes for a toss in the formulaic flick. Mishra, known for films like Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Chameli and Inkaar, is more attracted towards grey characters as he believes they are not only cinematic but also true to lifel. "It's who we are. People are heroes at one point in life. It's very rare for people to be heroes throughout their lives.


To expect that is also wrong," Mishra told PTI. "There is a reason why male heroes don't like my films, don't want to work with me, because my films are about softer, indecisive, confused, men. Men who make mistakes; the vulnerable, frail one, they're not macho," he added.


The director went in length that formulaic cinema only portrays the world in two extremes of good and bad, with no room for anything in the middle. "Formulaic cinema harms and dumbs down people. You tend to look at life in black and white. That's very harmful to the society as a whole, looking for this 'perfect' human being who doesn't exist."


In his career which spans over 30 years, starting as the screenwriter for cult classic Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Mishra has frequently come up with socially relevant stories but said there was a time when he bowed down to the pressure of making commercial cinema which was visible in Calcutta Mail. "At that time, it was a big cast. Anil Kapoor was a big star, so was Rani Mukerji and Manisha Koirala. But I failed. I still like some things about the film but as a whole, it's a failure.” "After that I realized, we are made to direct some films, not every kind of films. I have to understand that and can't strut around calling myself a genius. I can only make a film I can relate to.”

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