Deepika's new project as an actor and producer

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 Deepika Padukone is going to play the role of an acid attack survivor in the next film of Meghna Gulzar. Deepika will also be the producer of the film. 

She will be playing the role of Laxmi Agarwal and the name of the film is yet not decided. 

In a statement 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."

As per the release, in 2005 Laxmi was waiting at a bus stop in Delhi and was attacked by a man. He was twice her age and was also known to her family an unlikely suitor whose advances she had declined.

the film will showcase Laxmi's journey after her attack spanning 10 years. A major part of the film is the game changing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the supreme court which inspired the amendment in 2013 on acid laws.   

Meghna said that in spite of regulation on the sale of acid and changes in legislation regarding acid attacks, the ground reality is still very grim. 

"Acid violence is a very prevalent danger even today. Medical treatment, compensation, rehabilitation and inclusion of acid attack survivors are still very real challenges. Using Laxmi's story as a lens, we are attempting to explore these aspects and consequences of acid violence in our society. This is what makes this story, relevant and one that must be told. Because if anything, awareness is the first step towards change," she added. 

The director commented that the role is emotionally and physically challenging and she is confident that Deepika would do justice to the character and the story.

"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. When you take a face as beautiful as hers and portray her as an acid attack survivor, the magnitude of the violence and damage is that much more resounding," Meghna said.

Deepika last acted in  Sanjay Leela Bhansali's blockbuster "Padmaavat". Earlier she was 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 health issues. 

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