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After impressing audiences with her powerful performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat (2018), Deepika Padukone will next be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s forthcoming directorial venture, Chhapaak. While Padmaavat starred her as a royal queen who commits Jauhar (self-immolation) to defend her honour against a Muslim invader, Chhapaak presents her in the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

 

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All the films that Deepika Padukone has done in the past couple of years boasted of strong women characters and her next is no different. Talking about what led her to do Chhapaak, Padukone recently said, “I have chosen this film because I found the narrative interesting. I found the story compelling. The story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal required to be told. There was a connection between her grit and determination and human spirit. I have chosen it in the same way as I would have chosen any other film.”

 

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Aside from Chhapaak, which is scheduled to release on 10th January, 2020, Deepika Padukone also plays a pivotal part in husband Ranveer Singh’s much-anticipated sports drama 83. While Singh plays Kapil Dev in the movie, Padukone will be seen as his wife Romi Dev. The actress also spoke about coming onboard to play the role of Romi Dev in 83, which chronicles Indian Cricket team’s iconic victory against West Indies in the 1983 World Cup tournament.

 

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“I play the role of Romi Dev, wife of Kapil Dev in the movie and she was instrumental in Kapil Dev’s success, especially when he was the captain. She was part of the support system and I feel connected to that. I always feel that in an athlete’s life the wife and family sacrifice a lot of their own dreams to support the vision of the athlete, the goals that they set and they end up sacrificing their own career. I have seen it in my own family. My mother had been supportive to my father in his career. I think to see the human side, to see what an important role family play in success of athlete I took up this role,” Deepika concluded.

Directed by ace filmmaker Kabir Khan, 83 is slated to buzz into cinemas on 10th April, 2020.