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Deepika-Homi all for women power!

Deepika Padukone


New Delhi, Dec. 15 -- Filmmaker Homi Adajania and actor Deepika Padukone make for a good team. After all, they have delivered hit films such as Cocktail (2012) and Finding Fanny in the past. The duo is up for a venture once again, and this time it's a social cause.

The two have come together for a short film on women empowerment - a cause that needs greater impetus now with recent crimes against women coming to light again.

Homi has shot 99 urban women separately in under nine hours for the project. "This is a pledge Deepika and I had taken. We shot black and white moving portraits of women from all walks of life - flower-sellers, writers, vegetable vendors and singers. I wanted to film them in a free-wheeling way, and get them to express themselves the way they wanted," says Homi. About Deepika's role in the film, the filmmaker adds: "She bookends the film and is doing the voice-over, too. It's a powerful piece written by Kersi Khambatta and it's titled My Choice."

The project has been produced by Dinesh Vijan's banner and sponsored by Sangita Jindal through her foundation. Ask Homi why he didn't round it off to 100 women and he laughs, "I managed to get women from most walks of life, but God couldn't make it... I guess she was too busy."