One of the most awaited biopics of Bollywood in 2019 is Richa Chadha’s forthcoming venture titled Shakeela, which is based on the real-life story of the controversial and often regarded as a ‘B-film’ actress of the 1980s and 1990s.

Shakeela is based on the life of the Southern actress of the same name, whose popularity soared after the untimely and tragic demise of Silk Smitha, on whose life, the Vidya Balan starrer The Dirty Picture was purportedly based.

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The makers earlier have released the first look of Richa Chadha but on Wednesday they released a quirky poster with Richa as Shakeela, immersed in a glass of alcohol with the caption wishing everyone – “Iss Saal Ka Jaam, Shakeela ke Naam”.

The poster is meant to be an ode to the late 90s when such quirky imagery was very much in vogue.

Check out the new poster below: 


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HAPPY NEW YEAR peeps! #2019Shakeelakenaam

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The poster, released in November, had Richa Chadha embellished in an outfit made of only gold jewellery and Richa is standing against hate messages inscribed on a wall showcasing the discrimination and hate Shakeela had to face for her choices during the course of her illustrious career.

Shakeela poster: Richa Chadha looks fearless and bold as Shakeela

Richa Chadha, who decided to play the role after meeting Shakeela in real life, confessed what made her say yes to it. “When I was offered this role I was very apprehensive but then I met Shakeela, I saw her gutsy attitude and it became easy. She had forgiven everyone who had done ill to her in her life and she has moved on and is in solace living a minimal life. Even today when she works, she commands great respect and that’s the story we wish to bring forth,” she said.

Shakeela is set to release sometime early 2019 and the film will focus on the actress’s rise to stardom and her popularity in Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil cinema. It stars Rajeev Pillai and Pankaj Tripathi.