Laxmi Agarwal: The real inspiration behind Deepika Padukone's character in Chhapaak

After taking a sabbatical for a year, Deepika Padukone is back in the game with Meghna Gulzar's Chhapaak, a story inspired by an acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Padmaavat actress took to her social media today morning to share her look in the movie, Twitterati's are all praises for Deepika for taking up this powerful character.

Laxmi Agarwal: The real inspiration behind Deepika Padukone's character in Chhapaak Laxmi Agarwal: The real inspiration behind Deepika Padukone's character in Chhapaak Source : Press

After taking a sabbatical for a year, Deepika Padukone is back in the game with Meghna Gulzar's Chhapaak, a story inspired by an acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Padmaavat actress took to her social media today morning to share her look in the movie, Twitterati's are all praises for Deepika for taking up this powerful character. The movie is all set to release on January 10, 2020. Laxmi Agarwal has won many hearts with her grit, courage and unshakeable spirit.

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Who is Laxmi Agarwal?

For the people who don't know, Laxmi Agarwal was mere 15 years old child when she was on her way to a bookstore and was attacked by Naeem Khan a man who threw acid on her twice. She was laying on the street in pain until a cab driver admitted her to Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital where she underwent many surgeries.

Laxmi recalled this horrifying incidence in an interview with a leading daily, "I felt as if someone had set my whole body on fire. The skin was just coming off, it was like dripping, from my hands and from my face."

Laxmi was admitted into the hospital for three months recalling the incidence she further said, "There were no mirrors in the ward I was in. Every morning, the nurse would bring me a bowl of water to help me freshen up and I would try to catch my reflection in that water. I would only see glimpses of a bandaged face... When I first saw my face afterwards, I was devastated. I had no face to speak of ".

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Battle To Seek Ban On Acids

However, the tragic attack could not bring down her bravery. In 2006, Laxmi Agarwal moved to Supreme Court and filed a Public Interest Litigation to seek a ban on the sale of acids in India. Following Laxmi's plea, in 2013 the top court imposed a ban on the sale of acid to minors. Thereafter, Laxmi started a campaign with Stop Acid Attacks, founded by Ashish Shukla and Alok Dixit.

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Global Recognition

As Laxmi Agarwal became the crusader for acid attack survivors throughout the globe, Americas' First Lady Michelle Obama awarded her with International Women of Courage for her courageous fight.

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Another Battle

During her campaign with Stop Acid Attacks, Laxmi and Alok Dixit fell in love. However, the couple decided not to get married and went for a live-in relationship instead. "We are challenging the society by not getting married. We don't want people to come to our wedding and comment on my looks," she said in an interview.

While everything was looking perfect, soon after Laxmi and Alok's daughter Pihu was born, the couple separated. She was dealing with financial instability. She once in an interview said, "People believe that I must be well-off since I received so many awards, walked the ramps, gave talks - but I have no money to meet even my basic needs".

Laxmi Agarwal

Soon several people started depositing money in her account including Akshay Kumar who provided financial assistance of Rs 5 Lakh.

Kudos to the spirit of this braveheart who despite several challenges advocated for justice.



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