Richa Chadha plays the titular role in the biopic of south Indian adult star Shakeela. After several stills, fans lapped up the first poster of the much-anticipated film Shakeela which was unveiled on Tuesday. Shakeela narrates the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of Shakeela Khan, who ruled south Indian cinema in the ’90s.
In the poster, we see Richa adorned in gold jewellery from head to toe, highlighting the glamorous side of Shakeela’s life. In her backdrop is a wall with abusive scribblings related to her skin colour, body and religious faith. There are also some obscene illustrations which have been scratched out. And amid all this, Richa as Shakeela is fiercely looking through the lens.
Richa took to her Twitter account and shared the poster with the caption, “Bold and fearless. PRESENTING THE FIRST LOOK OF #Shakeela!”
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) November 20, 2018
The makers of Shakeela had recently also released its logo with a tagline – Not A Porn Star. This hinted that the film depicts Shakeela’s life beyond her profession.
Several stills of Richa, in the look of Shakeela, from the film’s sets, were also revealed some time back.
— TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) October 31, 2018
Shakeela Khan rose to fame after the demise of Silk Smitha, another popular adult star from the southern film industry. Shakeela went on to act in several adult films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
Shakeela, the biopic, has been directed by Indrajit Lankesh and also stars Pankaj Tripathi in the role of a south Indian actor. Shakeela, herself, is reportedly making a cameo in the film, which is set to release in the summer of 2019.