Deepika Padukone In Her Next Venture After Padmaavat To Play A Role Of Acid Attack Survivor

| October 5 , 2018 , 12:38 IST

It is confirmed that Bollywood's Padmavati Deepika Padukone has finally signed her next Bollywood movie. In her next upcoming venture, Deepika will play a role of real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in a film directed by Meghna Gulzar and Deepika will also make her debut as a producer, media reported on Friday. The actress was last seen as Rani Padmavati in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.    

Laxmi was attacked in 2005 in Delhi at the age of 15, by a man whose advances she had rejected. Later, she took up the job of helping acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop acid attacks. She even won many awards and medals and received the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award in 2014 from the-then First Lady of United States, Michelle Obama.

ALSO READ : Deepika Padukone's Next Hollywood Project Confirmed!

In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Deepika said, “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".

She also said “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.” 

Meghna also talked about casting Deepika and said, “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".