2018 has been an important year for Deepika Padukone. She got married to Ranveer Singh and also faced success with Padmaavat, which was this year’s first big release. After a year-long hiatus, the actress is back to work and has got some new plans. Deepika has revealed that she is working on the super ‘heroine’ film, that she was rumoured to be doing for very long.
In an interview with Filmfare, the actress spilled the beans on the project and said that she is working on it with one of her filmmaker friends. Deepika mentioned that they feel excited about the idea but a lot needs to be done in order to shape the film. She explained, “Yes, I’m working on it. I hope it happens. There’s no script as yet. It’s something my friend and I are developing. I was on the plane with a friend from the industry and talking about the movies we’d like to make. We realised that this superhero film is something we’d like to make. It’s a seed we’re nurturing”.
Currently, the actress is busy with the pre-production work on her upcoming film, titled Chhapaak. The film is directed by Meghna Gulzar and has Deepika playing the role of a real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal. Earlier, talking about her role in the film, the actress told Mumbai Mirror, “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”.
Deepika Padukone, Laxmi Aggarwal, Meghna Gulzar (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)
Laxmi was attacked by a 32-year-old man, who happened to be an acquaintance in the family. The man had developed feelings for then 15-year-old Laxmi. However, when she didn’t reciprocate the same feelings, he threw acid on her. Laxmi sought legal help and her courage in the court helped in making more stringent acid attack-related laws in the country. She now runs an NGO that works for the acid attack survivors and is also a proud owner of a cafe which is managed by these survivors.