Mumbai: Director Leena Yadav says Ajay Devgn, who has produced her forthcoming directorial Parched, is the backbone of the film as he came out to support the project.
"I think may be a film gets attention because of a star. It's Ajay's graciousness that he supported this project. He has not come on board the project now, but he has been a part of this right from the beginning. He is the person who gave us the money to start the project... He is the backbone of this project," Yadav told IANS.
Parched, set to release on 23 September, features Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan and Sayani Gupta.
Talking about the casting of the film, she said: "Tannishtha was a part of this film right from the beginning. When the film was in its pre-production stage, I met Radhika and called her home. I made Radhika and Tannishtha have an informal chat before going ahead.
"Between the three girls, I wanted very different personalities and different energies."
Parched highlights the way society sees a widow and a sex worker, and also touches upon marital rape.