Deepika Padukone seems to have become the go-to option for filmmakers who are making period dramas. after acing the look and royal etiquettes in Sanjay Leela Bhansali films like Bajirao Mastani and Padmavat, Deepika is now all set to play Draupadi from Mahabharat, in a film that will tell the epic tale from Draupadi’s perspective.
But what’s more, is that producer Madhu Mantena has just announced another film on the last queen of Kashmir, Kota Rani and looks like Deepika Padukone will essay the titular role.
A certain source has been quoted by Pinkvilla saying, “Madhu recently announced the Kota Rani biopic, which is a period film on the life of the last Hindu Queen of Kashmir. Reliance Entertainment will be bankrolling the project along with Mantena. Deepika and Madhu have remained great friends for years so, during the concept stage, when the latter had bounced the idea off to the actress, she immediately showed her interest in the project. In fact, she has already told Madhu to get the script ready. Deepika is extremely keen on acting in the biopic and if this happens, it will be yet another period drama for her. It’s a strong female-driven film that will be mounted on a lavish scale as it celebrates womanhood like never before. Deepika didn’t know about Kota Rani but when she heard her story, she was completely fascinated and wanted to bring her life alive on screen.”
While Deepika has a chock-a-block schedule with Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak, Kabir Khan’s ’83, a Shakun Batra directorial under the Dharma Productions banner and the Mahabharat film in the making, only time will tell if DP can manage to allocate dates for dear friend Madhu Mantena’s ambitious venture.
Meanwhile, Madhu Mantena has while announcing the film been quoted saying, “It’s a matter of great surprise that as Indians we don’t know enough or at all about a personality like Kota Rani. Her life was extremely dramatic and she is perhaps one of the most able woman rulers that India produced.”