Last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmaavat (2018), Deepika Padukone has now signed a biopic based on the inspirational life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

The yet-to-be-titled project will be directed by filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, who has previously helmed critically and commercially successful films such as Talvar (2015) and Raazi (2018). In addition to playing the lead character, Deepika is also making her debut as a producer with this movie.

Laxmi, on whose life the film is based, says that she is quite happy to know that a brilliant actress like Deepika Padukone is going to play her character in the movie.

“I am so happy that Deepika is playing the role. I have no right to judge her. How can I judge someone for something which I can’t do? She has played wonderful characters on screen and I believe she will give her best. I want to thank Deepikaji, Meghnaji and the entire team who will be working together on the film. I am glad that the movie will spread awareness and will help people who are victims of such incidents to come out of it. They will get inspired that if she can do it then why not us,” said Laxmi.

The makers are planning to start production in February, next year.

Besides this film, Deepika Padukone is also headlining the next instalment of Hollywood biggie xXx 4 opposite Vin Diesel.