`Lakshmi` story needed to be told: Shefali Shah

Mumbai: Actress Shefali Shah, who will be seen playing a prostitute in director Nagesh Kukunoor`s `Lakshmi`, says the film`s story is such that it has to be told.

Last seen in the 2011 release "Kucch Luv Jaisaa", Shefali said: "When Nagesh met me for the film, the first thing I said that this story has to be told. It kind of hits you. There is no way you can`t react to a film like this humanly..."

Her character in the film, based on child trafficking and prostitution, was another reason that made her accept the offer.

"Of course, I wanted to work with Nagesh as well. There is no way I could have said no to the film. It`s completely special and brilliant role, and a story very, very needed to be told," said the actress here at the trailer launch of the movie.

Based on true incidents, `Lakshmi` also features debutant Monali Thakur, Satish Kaushik, Ram Kapoor and Nagesh. The film is set for a Jan 17 release.

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