'Shakeela' poster: Richa Chadha shimmers in gold in the first look of the film

The official poster of 'Shakeela'. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 20, 2018, 01.54 PM (IST)

The first poster of 'Shakeela' featuring Richa Chadha is out! Based on adult star Shakeela's life, who dominated the screen in the 1980s and 1990s, the film features Chadha in the titular role. 

Even though Shakeela was known primarily for her roles in adult films, her phenomenal success made her several enemies and said to have caused ripples in the male-dominated industry of that time. She was an unlikely superstar whose films were translated into foreign languages like Chinese and Russian in her prime. Her box office was often responsible for helping cinema halls survive in B and C towns in the South. 

The first look poster of the film has Richa Chadha covered in authentic gold jewellery , which is a staple element of glamour in Kerala- the state Shakeela belongs to.

The official poster of 'Shakeela'.

In the poster, the actress stands defiant in the face of the insults that are scribbled on the wall behind her. The slurs refer to her skin colour, body and religious faith along with some obscene illustrations that have been scratched out. Looks like the director Indrajit Lankesh is cautious and doesn’t want to be accused of ‘whitewashing’ the truth as had happened in the case of a recent biopics. Despite it all, Shakeela meets your eye, looking into the lens with confidence. Also read: Who is Shakeela and why is a biopic starring Richa Chadha being made on her

The film which has been produced by Magic Cinemas and Yoddhas Entertainment is now all set to release in Summer 2019.

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Even though Shakeela was known primarily for her roles in adult films, her phenomenal success made her several enemies and said to have caused ripples in the male-dominated industry of that time.