After Raazi, Meghna Gulzar will be telling the story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal on screen. Now, it is confirmed that Deepika Padukone will be playing the lead role. This is not all. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, Deepika Padukone will not only act in the film but produce it as well. This will also be her next film after Padmaavat. The actress told the tabloid, "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." After Anushka Sharma and Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone is the next A-list actress to debut as a producer.
Laxmi Agarwal, 15, was attacked by a spurned 32-year-old suitor at a bus stop in Delhi. She did not step out of her home for two years but in 2006 she filed a PIL seeking changes in the law for offenders and demanding a ban on sale of acid. Today, she runs an NGO for victims of acid attacks and due to her efforts sale of acid has become regularized. You need to be above 18 to buy a bottle and photo identity is also mandatory. Meghna told the tabloid, "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."
The filmmaker also commented on why she chose Deepika for the role. She told the publication, "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." Stay tuned to BL for more scoops and updates!
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