Be ready to see a disfigured Deepika Padukone in ‘Chhapaak’ says Meghna Gulzar

Speaking about Deepika’s look in the film during a Lit for Life event recently held in Chennai; Meghna was quoted saying,” You won’t be seeing Deepika, you know. You will be seeing a disfigured Deepika.

Be ready to see a disfigured Deepika Padukone in ‘Chhapaak’ says Meghna Gulzar Be ready to see a disfigured Deepika Padukone in ‘Chhapaak’ says Meghna Gulzar Source : press

In what will be her first big screen appearance post her wedding with longtime beau and now husband; Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone has chosen a rather de-glam and a highly character driven role that speaks about the reality of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.


The film; that also marks Deepika's debut as a producer, is titled ‘Chhapaak' and will be directed by acclaimed director Meghna Gulzar. 



Speaking about Deepika's look in the film during a Lit for Life event recently held in Chennai; Meghna was quoted saying," You won't be seeing Deepika, you know. You will be seeing a disfigured Deepika. There is an uncanny similarity between the survivor and Deepika," adding that the film will show people the havoc that violence can wreak in a person's life."


Laxmi Agarwal; was attacked way back in 2005, when she was all but 15 but a 32-year-old who was known to the family. The man attacked Laxmi she rejected his advances. Fighting a valiant battle; Laxmi filed a PIL seeking a ban on the sale of acid and after the Nirbhaya incident that shook the entire county, the Supreme Court ruled in her favor.


Speaking about Deepika doing a film on her life; Laxmi was quoted in a previous interview saying," I am so happy that Deepika is playing the role. I have no right to judge her. How can I judge someone for something which I can't do? She has played wonderful characters on screen and I believe she will give her best."


The film has just been upped in the game with the very talented Vikrant Massay too being taken onboard to play to the character of Laxmi's husband Alok Dixit.


Talking about the film; Deepika was quoted saying," When I heard this story, I was deeply moved as it's not just one of violence but of strength and courage, hope and victory. It made such an impact on me, that personally and creatively, I needed to go beyond and so the decision to turn producer."



Meghna has previously directed films like Talvar, Filhaal and most recently Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal starrer ‘Raazi'. The director will start filming for ‘Chhapaak' from the third week on March.


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