Deepika Padukone replaces Kiran Rao as the new chairperson of MAMI

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Mumbai, Actress Deepika Padukone has replaced producer Kiran Rao as the chairperson of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI), which organises the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

“Kiran Rao had decided to step down (as the chairperson of MAMI) because she wanted to focus on making a movie. We were all thinking through names and everybody felt that Deepika Padukone was the right person. She is a wonderful artiste. Now, she is also a producer,” Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, MAMI Mumbai Film Festival told.

“She has been part of MAMI. She has been on the board for a few years and has been extremely supportive. So, we all requested her to take the position and she said ‘yes’,” she added.

Deepika was selected by the board members of MAMI, a non-profit organisation which was founded in 1997.

“There were Siddharth Roy Kapur, Rohan Sippy, Zoya Akhtar, Kiran Rao, Vikramaditya Motwane and many more,” shared Chopra.

The “Padmaavat” star will play the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming film “Chhapaak”, which will mark her debut as producer.

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