Deepika Padukone: xXx star lands 'role of a lifetime' in boundary-pushing new movie

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Deepika Padukone will be playing the role of Draupadi in an upcoming silver screen adaptation of the ancient Indian epic Mahabharata, which will push boundaries by telling the story from the perspective of the key female character.

“I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be playing the role of Draupadi,” she said in a statement obtained by Indian news agency IANS. “I truly believe that it is the role of a lifetime.

“While the Mahabharata is popularly known for its mythological tales and cultural influence, many of life’s lessons are also derived from the Mahabharata but most often from its men,” she continued.

“Telling it with this fresh and new perspective will not only be interesting but also very significant.”

Filmmaker Madhu Mantena also spoke out about the film being told through the Draupadi’s narrative, saying: “While we have all consumed the Mahabharata all our lives, the uniqueness of our film is seeing the same story form the point of view of Draupadi, who is one of the most significant heroines in our country’s cultural history.”

He also praised Padukone, saying: “Deepika is not just the biggest Indian actress today but someone who can take this narrative across borders.

“If it weren’t with her, we would not be making this film on such an ambitious scale.”

According to NDTV, the new movie will be divided into several parts, with the first rumoured for release in Diwali 2021.

More to follow…

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