Richa Chadha will play real-life adult film star Shakeela in her biopic directed by Indrajit Lankesh. The film will go on floors next month and will chronicle the life of Shakeela, who entered the film business at 16 and has acted in several adult films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. “The film is the story of Shakeela... Her fans were spread across Asia and she earned fanfare as a woman which back then was unheard of,” said a spokesperson for Richa.
Director J.P. Dutta’s upcoming war drama Paltan will release on September 7. The film, based on the 1967 Nathu La and Cho La clashes between the Indian and Chinese armies, stars Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Siddhanth Kapoor, Harshvardhan Rane and Luv Sinha. Arjun shared the first poster of the film in which the soldiers can be seen ready to engage in a face-off. The tagline of the film is “1967: A True Story That Was Never Told”.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will open a new cinema named after him in Guadalajara, his hometown in Mexico, on March 10. The new cinema is one of several that the city is building to improve the festival’s offer, reported Variety. The Guadalajara Film Festival starts on March 9.
Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o will star in The Woman King, based on an original story by Mario Bello. The Oscar-winning duo will play mother and daughter in the film, which is inspired by true events that took place in the Kingdom of Dahomey, one of the most powerful states of Africa in the 18th and 19th centuries, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It tells the story of Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong’o), who together fought the French and neighbouring tribes who violated their honour and threatened to destroy everything they’ve lived for.