Deepika Padukone to play acid attack survivor in Meghna Gulzar’s next

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Mumbai: Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone, who was last seen playing the role of Rani Padmini in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat will now be seen playing the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Meghna Gulzar’s next venture.

According to reports, Deepika along with the role will produce the film.

The film will be based on the story of Laxmi Agarwal who was attacked by a 32-year-old man at the age of 15 in 2005. In the incident her face was burnt completely and she had to undergo several surgeries. After which she showed her courage and successfully convinced the Supreme Court to have a more stringent punishment for acid attack cases.

Later, she helped acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop acid attacks. She even received the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award in 2014 from the former First Lady of United States, Michelle Obama.

Moreover, the film will showcase journey of Laxmi after her attack spanning 10 years. A significant part of the story is the game-changing PIL in the Supreme Court which inspired the amendment on acid laws in 2013.

Notably, Laxmi also established an NGO Chhanv Foundation for acid attack survivors and also opened a cafe which is managed by them.

The actress was suppose to work with director Vishal Bharadwaj and Irrfan Khan on a film, in which she was to essay the role of a gangster. But the film has been postponed due to Irrfan’s ill health.

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