- “serving as Chairperson has been deeply enriching experience,” she wrote
- “I will be unable to give MAMI undivided focus,” she added
- “My connection with the academy is one that’ll ast a lifetime,” she said
Deepika Padukone has stepped down as Chairperson of MAMI or Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image, citing professional commitments. In a statement shared on her Instagram stories today, the 35-year-old actress wrote, “Being on the board of MAMI and serving as Chairperson has been a deeply enriching experience. As an artist it was invigorating to bring together cinema and talent from all over the world to Mumbai, my second home. I have come to realise however, that with my current slate of work, I will be unable to give MAMI the undivided focus and attention it requires. I depart knowing that MAMI is in the best hands possible and that my bond and connection with the academy is one that will last a lifetime.”
Deepika does have an extremely crowded schedule currently – she is working on Shakun Batra’s untitled project as well as Pathan, co-starring Shah Rukh Khan. She will soon begin work on a film with Baahubali star Prabhas and Fighter, co-starring Hrithik Roshan. Deepika also has the Bollywood remake of The Intern in the works – Amitabh Bachchan recently filled the role that was to be played by Rishi Kapoor, who died last year.
Read Deepika Padukone’s post here:
Deepika Padukone took over from Kiran Rao as Chairperson of MAMI in 2019. Speaking to Mumbai Mirror at the time, Deepika said, 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.”
The Mumbai Film Festival, run by MAMI, was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic; it is unclear whether it will be held this year.
Deepika Padukone will be seen this year in ’83, a sports film in which her husband Ranveer Singh plays cricketer Kapil Dev; Deepika will appear as Kapil Dev’s wife Romi.