Bollywood’s very own Mastani is all set to join hands with ace director Meghna Gulzar for her upcoming flick! Apparently, the Padmaavat star will channel the inner producer within her too. Yes, you heard it just right. Deepika Padukone is not only acting in the film, but she is also co-producing it! Earlier It was being reported that the Raazi director and Deepika might be collaborating for a project. Well, given how fine Deepika is as an actress and given how refined Meghna Gulzar’s directorial is, we can surely expect that Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar will create magic on the silver screen!
We all have seen how beautiful Raazi was! And by now, we all are aware how gem of an actress Deepika is! This time, the diva will be portraying the character of an acid attack survivor in the film!
You read that right, Deepika will be essaying the role of social activist and an acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal.
A media report quoted Deepika saying,
“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 Agarwal was attacked in 2005 when she was just 15 years old. The film traces her journey after she suffers the attack and how she emerges out as a survivor! The story also traces the monumental 2013 judgement, passed by the Supreme court of India with respect to the acid laws in India.
This is what Meghna had to say regarding acid attacks,
“Acid violence is a very prevalent danger even today. Medical treatment, compensation, rehabilitation and inclusion of acid attack survivors are still very real challenges. Using Laxmi’s story as a lens, we are attempting to explore these aspects and consequences of acid violence in our society. This is what makes this story, relevant and one that must be told. Because if anything, awareness is the first step towards change.”
About Deepika portraying the character, this is what the Raazi director said,
“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.”
Given how well Deepika has performed in the past, we can expect that she will do well in the film. It is to be noted that the film is not yet titled, but we can surely expect a strong blockbuster with an even stronger message! Do you think that Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar will really create magic on-screen? Let us know in the comments!