Deepika Padukone turns producer

Deepika Padukone turns producer for Meghna Gulzar’s next directorial. Actress will also play the lead in the film, which is the story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, and will be directed by Meghna Gulzar.

Deepika adds that she has been “greatly impacted” by Meghna’s work and “beyond thrilled” to be collaborating with her. “We look forward to commencing our journey on the film.”

“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,” the actress asserts.  Deepika will not only act in, but also co-produce it, along with Meghna. Deepika has reportedly set up her production house and the shooting begins in February.

Laxmi who comes from an underprivileged background was 15, waiting at a bus stop in Delhi, in 2005, when she was attacked. Her 32-year-old assailant was an acquaintance of the family who harboured a one-sided attraction towards her. It turned into a deadly grouse when the teenager spurned the advances of this unlikely suitor.

Through Laxmi’s story, the film attempts to understand the on-ground consequences of surviving an acid attack in India, as also it’s medical, legal and social aspects. It showcases Laxmi’s journey over 10 years following the attack, with a significant part focussing on the game-changing PIL which inspired the amendment. It impresses that despite regulation in acid sale and changes in legislation, such attacks remain a prevalent danger, with treatment, compensation, rehabilitation and inclusion of the survivors remaining real challenges.

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