Deepika Padukone will produce and star in 'Raazi' director Meghna Gulzar's film about acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.
Agarwal was 15 when she was attacked by a 32-year-old man at a bus stop in Delhi after she turned down his marriage proposal.
She is now a prominent advocate for the rights of acid attack survivors, and has also filed a public interest litigation that led to restrictions on the sale of acid. In 2014, Agarwal was given the International Women of Courage Award in the United States of America, presented by former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Padukone was deeply moved by Agarwal's story as it was "not just one of violence but of strength and courage, hope and victory". This was also why she decided to turn producer, she said. Gulzar told the publication that her film will use Agarwal's story as a lens to explore the consequences of acid attacks.
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