After Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, which released in January, Deepika Padukone’s next project will be based on a real life incident of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Deepika will not only play the lead but also produce the Meghna Gulzar’s directorial. According to Bolywod talk, she was so moved by the story that she decided to fund the movie as well. 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. Talking about the movie, Deepika told, “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 Ali 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 is what makes this must-told story relevant. Awareness is the first step towards change,” she told.