After Vidya Balan's Dirty Picture, Richa Chadha created headlines when she announced that the actress will be playing Shakeela in her biopic, being directed by Indrajit Lankesh. The film will delve into the life of superstar 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, check out Richa Chadha's first look as Shakeela:
Throwing light on her first look, Richa said, "The challenge for the look of the film but also a good one is that the story traces the journey of Shakeela’s younger days to her becoming a popular figure. Thus, the look spans over multiple years and with each passing year her look changes. To track that was challenging but for me as an actor it’s 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 when the film is ready."
Talking about Shakeela, well, she has acted in many B-grade movies. Her big hit film was Kinnarathumbikal in Malayalam, which brought her in limelight. She did a few controversial topless scenes in her initial movies.
Shakeela has now started appearing in comedy oriented family character roles in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada since 2003. In January 2018, she announced her 250th film as an actor, Seelavathi, would begin production.
Coming to Richa’s look as Shakeela, well, let’s hope she does as brilliant a job as Vidya Balan did in Dirty Picture, where the talented actress played another South Siren, Silk Smitha.