Manikarnika, Shakeela and other biopics to look out for in 2019

Bollywood has churned out a number of interesting biopics over the years, and 2019 is going to be no different. From Manikarnika to The Iron Lady, there are a number of women-centric projects to watch out for in the coming months.

Here are our top 5.

Manikarnika: Starring Kangana Ranaut, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi chronicles the life of Rani Laxmi Bai and her relentless fight against the British East India Company.

The Iron Lady: The Iron Lady stars Nithya Menen as the late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The film would go on the floors on Jayalalithaa’s birthday on February 24.

“The film will chronicle her life right from her days as a young actress to her final days in the hospital. The film will strive to recreate the old studios in Kodambakkam where she shot for her films,” the film’s director, A Priyadhaarshini, was quoted as saying by The Hindu.

Shakeela: Director Indrajit Lankesh is helming the project that will explore the life of southern film industry’s adult film star Shakeela. Richa Chadha will essay Shakeela’s character.

“When I first heard it, I wondered how it hadn’t been adapted into a screenplay already. I am happy I got to act in this movie because I really grew a lot with it,” Chadha said in an interview.

ChhapaakThe movie on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal is being directed by Meghna Gulzar and the lead role will be essayed by Deepika Padukone.

Saina: The Saina Nehwal biopic is being helmed by Amol Gupte and it has Shraddha Kapoor in the lead role. Expressing her excitement at being a part of the project, Shraddha tweeted: “Saina Nehwal – The former World number one badminton player. An Indian girl. An inspiration to millions. A youth icon in the truest sense.”