2018 has proved to be a very busy year for Newton actor Pankaj Tripathi. Right from winning a National Award for his performance in the Rajkumar Rao starrer to making his digital space debut with Excel Entertainment’s Mirzapur, Pankaj is on a roll! With 4 projects released and a few in the pipeline, Pankaj is all set to start work on his upcoming film, the Shakeela Khan biopic. Also Read - The Pankaj Tripathi Interview - Honest, Candid, And Truly Inspiring | Exclusive

Based on the 80s Malayalam film actress, Shakeela, the film will see Richa Chadha in the titular role and will depict the life of the actress spanning from her young days to becoming a nation wide phenomena as an adult actress in the late 90’s. The film is being helmed by acclaimed director, Indrajit Lankesh. Also Read - Bobby Deol to Sushmita Sen, Bollywood Actors Who Gave OTT Boost to Their Careers

It was earlier reported that the actor has been roped in for the biopic while the clarity on his role wasn’t out. Now the actor will be playing the role of a south film actor from the 90s and for that he has been studying his character’s essence rather minutely. While Richa has already begun shooting for the film, Pankaj will join the team end of August in a location in Karnataka for the shoot. Also Read - Ludo Twitter Review: Netizens Can't Stop Praising Powerful Performances of The Actors, Narrative of The Film

Speaking about being a part of the film, Pankaj said, “I am delighted to be part of this biopic. It talks about a life of Shakeela that people need to hear and my character is someone who is her friend and also an Actor. It is amazing all the stories, anecdotes and incidents that have happened in her life. Glad I could be part of this film”.