Actor Shakeela would be playing a cameo in her biopic, to be directed by Indrajit Lankesh.
The film will have Richa Chadha play Shakeela, one of most popular adult film stars of South India. Before the shooting of the film began Richa had a rendezvous with Shakeela in Bengaluru. Seeing the camaraderie between both the actors and also to honour Shakeela's popularity Indrajit roped in real Shakeela for a cameo in the film.
Indrajit Lankesh says, “I always wanted to make a film on Shakeela, I was immensely impressed with her onscreen and off screen personality. I wanted to portray her story, the hardships and rough phase when she was not getting films and was trying for character roles. I wanted to show the true story behind the superstar Shakeela.”
She has been an integral part of the making of this film and she has given such detailed insights into her life, the director adds. “Even Richa got to spend time with her, understand her style of talking, her body language and such nuances. In fact when she came on set, she gave us very interesting insights like about our art direction and how her house was and is in real life, such small details which have helped us. It was nice shooting her for Shakeela biopic, though I have shot with her before for another film I did in 2003. That sparked an interest in me to make a film on her and in 2015 after conceiving the idea of making a film on her I met her and realised my dream.I feel every woman and girl who wants to be an actress should see her story, to know what she went through to become an actress and how it was such a compelling rags to riches to rags story.”