October 5, 2018

Deepika Padukone to produce Meghna Gulzar’s next which is based on an acid attack survivor!

Deepika Padukone’s fans were eagerly anticipating for her next film especially after the success of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’ that created hype all over the country. Few weeks back, addatoday had reported about the possibilities of Deepika Padukone’s next film with director Meghna Gulzar. It turns out that the reports have come out true. The actress along with turning a producer for the film will also play the lead in the film, which is based on the story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. 

The actress expresses, 

“When I heard this story, I was deeply moved as it’s not just one of violence but of strength and courage, hope and victory. It made such an impact on me, that personally and creatively, I needed to go beyond and so the decision to turn producer.” 

Laxmi’ hails from an underprivileged background. She was only 15 when she was attacked in the year 2005. She was waiting at a bus stop in Delhi when her 32-year-old assailant was an acquaintance of the family who harboured a one-sided attraction towards her.

When Meghna was asked about casting Deepika for the role, she said,

 “I was instinctively convinced that Deepika would do justice to the character and the story. Also, her physicality matched with what I’d imagined for Laxmi’s character. I’m grateful and encouraged that she was so spontaneous in her decision to do the film. When you take a face as beautiful as hers and portray her as an acid attack survivor, the magnitude of the violence and damage is that much more resounding.” 

Deepika is greatly impacted by Meghna’s work and beyond thrilled to be collaborating with her. Meghna has directed films like Filhaal, Just Married, Talvar, and Raazi. 

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