Deepika Padukone To Play Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi Agarwal In Meghna Gulzar’s Next
Mumbai: After Padmavat, Deepika Padukone has finally signed a project. She will be next seen in Meghna Gulzar’s untitled film in which she will play the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. This was also confirmed by trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh on Twitter-
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As per reports, Deepika has also turned producer for the film. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, Deepika 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.”
Meghna Gulzar, whose last release Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal received rare reviews, believes it is important to share the story of people like Lakshmi to bring awareness in the society and break stereotypes. On choosing Deepika for the role, she says, “I was instinctively convinced that Deepika would do justice to the character and the story. Also, her physicality matched with what I’d imagined for Laxmi’s character. I’m grateful and encouraged that she was so spontaneous in her decision to do the film.”
Notably, Laxmi Agarwal from Delhi was attacked at the age of 15 in 2005 because she resisted the advances of a man harbouring one-sided love. Laxmi had to go through numerous surgeries and later on she became an activist and a champion for the cause of acid attack victims. She helps acid attack survivors and organises campaign to stop acid attacks on women.
Laxmi also received the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award in 2014 from the former First Lady of United States, Michelle Obama.
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