There are quite a few actors who can successfully pull off a biopic. Vidya Balan played the role of Silk Smitha in The Dirty Picture and made a mark in the industry. This time, actress Richa Chadha has been roped in to play the lead role in a biopic on Shakeela.

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The 1990s’ actress from Kerala had acted in several adult films in languages like Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. The film recounts the life of Shakeela, starting from when she entered the film business at the age of 16 and tracing her journey from there.


Shakeela was a leading presence in cinema halls and her films were dubbed in various languages of India, China, and Nepal. She broke the stardom that was reserved for male actors during that time and became a superstar of the industry.

Richa’s spokesperson told IANS: “The film is the story of Shakeela, one of the most famous actors from Malayalam cinema from the 1990s 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 film is being directed by Indian filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh, who is also late journalist Gauri Lankesh’s brother. The film will go on the floors this April with a tentative release slated for early 2019.