Deepika Padukone to play Draupadi in Mahabharata film

Following Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak and Kabir Khan’s 83, Deepika Padukone has announced her next project. The actress has revealed that she will be working on a reimagination of Mahabharata, from the point of view of Draupadi, and will team up with producer Madhu Mantena for the same.

 The actress will take on the role of Draupadi, and now that the narrative has changed, and we will witness the story unfold through her eyes. The movie is slated for a Deepavali 2021 release.

A sketch of Deepika taking on the role of Draupadi was drawn by an artist as early as August 2018, and now it is all over the internet. Apart from Deepika, the artist also drew other characters played by Aamir Khan, Farhan Akhtar, and others.

Deepika turned producer with Chhapaak, a film inspired by the life of acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. Her second production, Mahabharat, seen through the eyes of Draupadi, will be a fresh take on the mythological tale.

She said, “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be essaying the role of Draupadi. I truly believe that it is the role of a lifetime. While the Mahabharat is popularly known for its mythological tales and cultural influence, many of life’s lessons are also derived from the Mahabharat but most often from its men. Telling it with this fresh and new perspective will not only be interesting but also very significant.”

The film will be a multi-part franchise, with the first part slated to hit theatres in Diwali 2021.
The rest of the cast and the director is yet to be revealed. Taran Adarsh tweeted: “BIGGG NEWS… Deepika Padukone to enact the part of #Draupadi in #Mahabharat… Deepika has teamed up with Madhu Mantena to produce the film… Will be made in multiple parts, with the first one slated for release in #Diwali2021.”

Earlier, it was reported that Aamir Khan was developing a project on Mahabharata. At the time, it was reported that Deepika was offered Draupadi’s part, but she had turned down the role. The actor had expressed his desire to play the role of Lord Krishna in case the film was developed.