Richa Chadha is all set to play the titular character in Indrajit Lankesh’s biopic titled Shakeela. The film is based on the early life and career of popular South Indian actress, Shakeela, who ruled the 90s South film circuit with her dynamic personality and a winning streak that turned her into an absolute audience’s favourite. Also Read - RIP Soumitra Chatterjee: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadha And Others Tweet to Say 'End of an Era'
The Fukrey actress, who is currently in Karnataka shooting for the film, wanted to do her prep for the role with absolute perfection and in order to get a personal understanding of this fiery woman, Richa went down to Bangalore to meet the actress. Being Richa’s first biopic, the talented actress sure had an intense few months ahead of her to get under the skin of her character. That’s when Shakeela stepped in and volunteered to mentor Richa with getting the perfect look for the film, along with her other behavioural traits to ace the execution on celluloid. Also Read - What Kamala Harris' Win in US Election Means to Indian Women - Priyanka Chopra, Richa Chadha And Masaba Gupta Explain it Right!
A spokesperson for Richa said, “Richa met Shakeela before they began the shoot. She wanted to meet her in person to get her perspective on the film, get her personal insights. This helped Richa a lot. Not just before the shoot, even now Shakeela is herself mentoring Richa on the nuances of the role, the outfits, the look, everything is being guided to maintain authenticity. Richa is elated to have Shakeela herself be such an imperative and crucial part of the process.” Also Read - Kapil Dev Health: Riteish Deshmukh, Richa Chadha, Other Celebs Pray For Legendary Cricketer
Shakeela is set to release sometime early next year and the film will focus on the actress’s rise to stardom and her popularity in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil cinema.
When asked about the first look, the actress said, “The challenge for the look of the film but also a good one is that the story traces the journey of Shakeela’s younger days to her becoming a popular figure. Thus the looks span over years and years and with each passing time her look changed and thus to show that is challenging but also for me as an actor its gratifying that I get to grow with the real character on celluloid. Shakeela is still a legend and we wish to do complete justice to her when the film is ready.”