After Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone to play Rani again? This time, she is a mafia queen
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After Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone to play Rani again? This time, she is a mafia queen

Deepika Padukone’s film on mafia queen Sapna Didi, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, has been reportedly titled Rani. The film also stars Irrfan Khan.

bollywood Updated: Feb 17, 2018 19:35 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Deepika Padukone,Irrfan Khan,Sapna Didi
Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone were earlier paired together in Shoojit Sircar’s Piku.

Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who is riding high on the box office success of Padmaavat, will soon start working on her next with Vishal Bhardwaj - a film on gangster Sapna Didi aka 80s Mafia queen Ashraf Khan. The film, which will feature Irrfan Khan as Deepika’s onscreen husband, has been titled Rani, an Indian Express report claimed.

However, a representative for Vishal Bhardwaj has refuted the claim and told Hindustan Times that the title has not been finalised yet.

Deepika has started her preparation for the role and the daily quoted a source as saying, “Deepika has already started the preparation for her role of a mafia queen and she is quite particular that she gets the tonality and body language as close to the late Sapna Didi who was once a terror for other gangsters. The shoot will begin by early March in Mumbai. After Padmaavat, her fans will love to see her in a whole new avatar of a lady don and hence she is really working meticulously to strike the right chord.”

Initially, Honey Trehan was supposed to direct the film and Vishal was producing it. However, certain creative differences led to Vishal stepping in for the director’s job. “Due to different artistic visions of the film, Honey (Trehan) and I jointly came to the decision that it would be best if I took over as director and saw it through to the end,” Bhardwaj said in a statement.

While Irrfan has worked with Vishal in films like Maqbool and Saat Khoon Maaf, the upcoming project will be Deepika’s first with the filmmaker. Deepika and Irrfan worked together in the critically acclaimed Piku.

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First Published: Feb 17, 2018 16:42 IST