Shakeela is a film inspired by the life events of a famous star Shakeela who predominantly starred in southern cinema. She starred in many controversial and bold films. Making her debut at the young age of 16, she went on to star in about 250 films. She was a major star in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Such was her aura that, stars back then used to avoid releasing their films opposite her.
Shakeela stars Richa Chadha and Pankaj Tripathi in the lead and is directed by noted director Indrajit Lankesh. The film portrays the hardships of the actress as she had to face lots of criticism, insults and betrayals from her own family members and the film fraternity who were influential in getting her films banned.