Deepika Padukone will not only play the lead but also produce Meghna Gulzar’s next project based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Laxmi Agarwal was attacked at the age of 15 and she had to undergo several surgeries. Later, she took up the job of 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 United States, Michelle Obama .
According to a report, she was so moved by the story that she decided to fund the movie as well.
After Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, which released in January amid huge controversy, this will be Deepika’s first project. Meanwhile, Meghna’s last project, Raazi, also proved to be a big success. Padmaavat and Raazi are two of the most successful Bollywood films of the year so far.
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 told .
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) October 5, 2018
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.”