Deepika Padukone turns producer for biopic on an acid attack survivor. Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone will be producing and playing the lead role in a biopic on an acid attack survivor, directed by Meghna Gulzar.
Deepika Padukone turns producer for biopic on an acid attack survivor
Actress, who was last seen as Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, will play the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in a Meghna Gulzar directorial.
Laxmi was attacked at the age of 15 and underwent several surgeries. Later, she started helping acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop acid attacks. She even received the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award in 2014 from the former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.
Speaking about the movie, Deepika told Mumbai Mirror, “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,”
Meghna Gulzar, whose last directorial Raazi starring Alia Bhatt got critical acclaim, feels Laxmi’s story needs to be told to bring awareness in the society. “Using Laxmi’s story as a lens, we are attempting to explore these aspects and the consequences of acid-related violence in our society. This’s what makes this must-told story relevant. Awareness is the first step towards change,” she said.
About casting Deepika as Laxmi in her film, Meghna added, “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.”