Actress Richa Chadha, who is riding high on the success of her last release, Fukrey Returns, has been roped in to play erotic actress Shakeela in her biopic.

Shakeela was one of the biggest actresses from Kerala in the 90s, who went on to make a name for herself not only in Kannada film industry but also across many other leading films producing industries in India, including Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. Besides many popular Indian languages, her films used to be dubbed in Chinese and Nepalese languages also.

Spilling some more beans on the project, Richa Chadha’s spokesperson said, “The film is the story of Shakeela, one of the most famous actors from Malayalam cinema from the 90s who rose to a spectacular amount of fame. Her fans were spread across Asia and she earned fanfare as a woman which back then was unheard of. The film’s script was exciting and is a great story to tell and the story will make for a great watch for the audience. The preparations will begin soon and the film should be going on floors in end April or May.”

The untitled film will be helmed by Indrajit Lankesh. Slated to go to sets this April, the movie will be released theatrically in the first quarter of 2019.