After recently conquering the title of
Bollywood’s most valued celebrity, actor Deepika Padukone has
been appointed as the new chairperson of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival.
She has replaced filmmaker Kiran Rao. The festival will host its 21st
edition this year between October 17- 24.
According to a report in Mumbai
Mirror, Kiran stepped down from the role to focus on a movie project. Deepika
called her appointment a huge responsibility. “It’s an absolute honour and a
huge responsibility. I believe in MAMI’s vision and we are committed towards
creating a community that cinema lovers and creators of a film passionate
nation like ours truly deserve,” she told the daily. Kiran also congratulated
her. “I am delighted to welcome one of India’s most loved film stars, Deepika
Padukone as the new chairperson,” she said.
Deepika was last seen in Padmaavat
which released in January 2018. She is now working with Meghna Gulzar on her
next film, titled ‘Chhapaak’. The film is based on the life of acid
attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal.