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.