A few days ago, the makers of Richa Chadha starrer Shakeela dropped the logo poster of the film with a controversial tag line , 'Not A Porn Star' clearly emphasising the perspective of the film. 'Shakeela' is based on the life of the Southern actress of the same name, whose popularity soared after the untimely and tragic demise of Silk Smitha.
Even though she 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 the 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 makers have now released the first look poster of the film featuring Richa Chadha. Covered in authentic gold jewellery , which is a staple element of glamour in Kerala, the actress looks convincing as Shakeela Khan. Have a look at it here-
Interestingly 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. Despite it all, Shakeela meets your eye, looking into the lens with confidence.
Speaking about playing Shakeela on screen, Richa was earlier quoted as saying, "I am not going to put on weight to play Shakeela, as I feel that aspect is quite superficial. The film is about one woman standing up for herself in a male-dominated society and being targeted for being successful. It doesn't It doesn't really dwell upon her films per se but the ups and downs in her life. I wanted to meet her in person because I wanted her to trust me. When an actor plays a real person, there's a huge responsibility as we represent that person."
The film which has been produced by Magic Cinemas and Yoddhas Entertainment will hit the big screens in Summer 2019.