Meghna Gulzar’s “Chhapaak” is a hard hitting film to watch for social issues. It is brutal in impact, horrifying in its depiction of pain and trauma, and seems a bit long despite a runtime of just around two hours given the heavy subject at hand.
At the end of it, you feel “Chhapaak” could only have been this way.
For all its dark packaging, “Chhapaak” isn’t a story of despair. Telling the story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal (rechristened here as Malti), this can ultimately be seen as a story of hope. The film is about the victim’s constant battle to overcome seemingly insurmountable depths of hopelessness, and it underlines the fact that the most important thing in life is life itself.
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Deepika Padukone’s latest release ‘Chhapaak’ which is directed by Meghna Gulzar has been the talk of the town since its inception but the film has failed to attract the audience to the theatres. The mesmerising actress, who even turned a producer with ‘Chhapaak’ saw a huge drop in her films collection as it completed its second weekend at the ticket counters.
While Deepika’s visit to the JNU during the protests and taking a stand has been cited as one of the reasons behind the poor numbers of the film, other reports claim that the low numbers were also because ‘Chhapaak’ didn’t get as wide a release as the Ajay’s period drama ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’.
‘Chhapaak’ also stars Vikrant Massey in a pivotal role. Deepika is seen playing the character of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in the movie. It was back in 2005 when Laxmi, who was just 16-year-old, then, was reportedly attacked by a 32-year-old man who threw acid on her because she had turned down his proposal. She didn’t let the incident pull her down. Laxmi went on to work as director of an NGO and also associated with campaign Stop Acid Attacks.