Deepika Padukone has decided to step down from the duties of being the chairperson of Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI). Deepika had took over the position in 2019 but decided to depart claiming her ‘slate of work’ is preventing her from giving her ‘undivided focus and attention’ to MAMI.
Taking to Instagram stories, Deepika issued a statement that reads, “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.”
At MAMI 2019, Deepika had made her first appearance as the film festival’s chairperson. She had said in her opening statement, “Cinema has the power to make us less lonely when we are. In the age of digital streaming and social media that is slowly but surely is isolating us, the Mumbai Academy of Moving Images (MAMI) binds us without boundaries, inhibitions and most importantly without fear. As an artiste who truly believes in the power of cinema, I say we need this more than ever before.”
On the work front, Deepika will be seen opposite Ranveer Singh in ’83, Shakun Batra’s untitled project that also stars Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Panday. She also will be seen in the official Hindi remake of The Intern that also stars Amitabh Bachchan.