Byline by – Vinayak Heliwal
The much-awaited trailer of Shakeela starring Richa Chadha is out and it gives an honest account of how a young girl from a modest Indian home is forced to become an adult star, one who keeps her conscience clean, no matter who the adversary.
The trailer opens with news reports of the legendary 90s star Silk Smitha’s untimely death by suicide. Questions are raised as to who will fill in the gap. It then introduced Shakeela’s back story and her childhood as she goes on to become one of the most desirable women onscreen.
From her back to back hits to rapid rise in stardom, Shakeela tracks the actress life and her controversial events. Pankaj Tripathi as a leading actor plays the role of the scheming, womanizing superstar with an eye for spotting nubile newcomers.
The trailer gives a good glimpse of the fame, love, and the adulteration Shakeela received but also the hate that came her way.
The trailer ends with Shakeela confronting Pankaj’s character Salim :‘Maine joh bhi kia, khule aam kiya, purdeh ke saamne, kisi ko dhokha nahin dia. Kisi pe zabardasti nahin hai ki woh meri picture aa ke dekhe’
Shakeela will be the first film post lockdown to release in over 1000 screens and five languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.
The film is quite reminiscent of Vidya Balan’s Dirty Picture as they both played similar roles and were unapologetic about their decisions and proudly own their careers, despite the social norms.
Filmmaker Indrajit Lankesh said in a statement, “Shakeela is truly a labor of love and commitment to show Shakeela’s story is iconic in so many ways. Her story is almost folklore today, but the truth is that so much happened to her while she soared to success from nothing and then came back to nothing again.”
Shakeela is based on a true story and was an adult star in the 2000s who despite her Muslim conservative background rose to fame in the South Indian film Industries.
Shakeela is releasing in theatres on December 25.