Deepika Padukone will be playing the role of an acid attack survivor in the next film. Deepika is set to portray the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Meghna Gulzar’s next directorial. The actress will also produce the venture.
Deepika in a statement 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.”
Laxmi Agarwal, at the age of 15 faced the acid attack after she rejected the marriage proposal of the man. While she was waiting in a bus stop, she was attacked by a man, who was an acquaintance to her family.
The movie shows Laxmi’s journey after the acid attack in 2005. The main part of the film is the game changing PIL filed in the Supreme Court which led to the amendment of the laws regarding acid attacks in 2013.
Director Meghna Gulzar said that the role is emotionally and physically challenging and she is confident that Deepika would do justice to the character and the story.
Meghna’s last project was “Raazi” featuring Alia Bhat and Vicky Kaushal was a great success. Meghna Gulzar is the daughter popular lyricist and poet Gulzar.
The 32-year old actress was last seen Sanjay Leela Bansali’s most controversial movie “Padmavat” .