Deepika Padukone in a still from Padmaavat (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Deepika Padukone after turning Padmavati, Mastaani for Sanjay Leela Bhansali is now all set to revive one of the most interesting character of Hindu mythological, Draupadi for her upcoming next. The actress in not just playing the lead role but also is co-producing the lavishly mounted project with Madhu Mantena.
Deepika confirming the news to Midday said that that the movie will be a re-telling from a woman’s point of view and will add a significant new perspective. “We all know the Mahabharat for its mythological tales and socio-cultural influence. We derive many of life's lessons from the epic. But the narrative we are most familiar with is that of the epic's leading men. This new perspective will be not only interesting but also significant," says the actress who as Draupadi will be commanding the plot and narrative in Mahabharat’s morder-day re-telling.
Deepika who is constantly driven to tell stories of sheroes with her offerings. Like Chhapaak, directed by Meghna Gulzar, is inspired by the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, earlier has reportedly turned down the role of Draupadi in Aamir Khan's Mahabharat.
Deepiks’ co-producer Madhu who is equally thrilled on having Deepika on-board for the magnum opus project said that Deepika is the biggest Indian actress today and only she can take this narrative across borders. It is only because of Deepika that Madhu braved the attempt making the film in such an ambitious scale.
Aware that three hours is too little to do justice to Draupadi's journey from her birth in Panchala to her role in the destruction of the Kauravas, the duo intends to make it a multi-part franchise, with the first edition slated to release in Diwali 2021.
Meanwhile, Madhu who is also producing Ramayana with Allu Aravind and Namit Malhotra on a mammoth scale with an approximate budget of Rs 500 crore. Nitesh Tiwari of Dangal fame will be directing the triology and reports suggest Hrithik Roshan and Deepika has been approached to play lord ram and Sita in the film.