Actress Mahima Chaudhry is back on the silver screen in a biopic on actress-gangster Archana Sharma. The actress who was best known for her debut movie called Pardes (1997) will be gaining weight for the movie in which she plays the lead role. Filmmaker Shashi Ranjan is already half way through his biopic on Sharma.
The movie is an adaptation of S S Hussain Zaidi's book 'Mafia Queens of Mumbai' and it has not been titled yet. "We are working on a biopic on Archana Sharma. She was a small time actress who had worked in a couple of Dev Anand films. It is a biopic on a small town girl who arrives in Mumbai to become actress and later takes to crime and turns into a gangster," said Ranjan.
The filmmakers think that the 39-year-old fits the role well. "We felt Mahima was perfect for the film. We have worked on her physical appearances. She had to gain weight of eight to ten kilos as she has to look plump in some portions of the film," Ranjan said.
Ranjan feels it is a challenge to make a biopic and he is leaving no stone unturned for the film. The film also stars Rahul Dev, who reportedly plays the role of gangster Babloo Shrivastav. Other characters in the film include Sudhanshu Pandey and Govind Namdev.
The director reveals that thirty percent of the film has been shot in Mumbai, Dubai and Nepal. The second schedule is set to begin in September. Ranjan is not just directing the film, but he is the producer too. He plans to release this biopic in 2014.