Richa Chadha as Shakeela. Photograph:( WION Web Team )
Richa Chadha has been roped in to play the titular role of Malayalam adult star Shakeela in a film based on the latter's life. The biopic, which is yet to be named, is being directed by Indrajit Lankesh. The film will delve into the life of Shakeela who ruled the southern film industry for over 2 decades.
The actress has begun shooting for the film in a small town in Karnataka called Tirthahalli. Dressed in a traditional Kerala saree called Kasavu Pattu, Richa Chadha' dons a simple look- contrary to the image that Shakeela had in the film industry.
When asked about the first look, the actress said, "The story traces the journey of Shakeela's younger days to her becoming a popular figure. Thus the looks span over years and years and with each passing time her look changed and thus to show that on screen is challenging. As an actor its gratifying that I get to grow with the real character on celluloid. Shakeela is still a legend and we wish to do complete justice to her with this film."