January 4, 2019

After her grand wedding with Ranveer Singh, where the wedding ceremony took place at Lake Como in Italy, followed by star studded receptions in both Bangalore and Mumbai, Deepika Padukone is now all geared up for her new film with Meghna Gulzar. A few days earlier the Padmaavat actress revealed to the media about her new project in 2019, a movie based on the acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal and the title of the film is Chhapaak. Meghna Gulzar is directing this real life project and the film also stars Vikrant Massey in the lead.

Deepika Padukone is also debuting as a producer and will be seen co- producing this film along with Fox Star Studios. The studios made this official announcement a few days back. Fox Star Studios has also produced many other films based on real life stories, few of them are Neerja (2016), M.S.Dhoni (2016) and Sanju (2018). This is the first time Deepika Padukone will be seen in someone else’s shoes. Although she had played a character like Padmavati but that was more of a fictional character rather than a real life one. But in this case playing the role of an acid attack victim is totally different. Being an actress herself, her face is her calling card and to keep that on line and disguise as an acid attack victim is very challenging for any actress. But Bollywood’s leading lady keeps on pushing boundaries with her acting skills and portraying bold characters. Speaking to the media, Deepika told, “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 Gulzar’s directorial venture is based on the life of acid attack victim Laxmi Agarwal. She was only fifteen when heart wrenching incident took place on 2005, while she was returning from her music class, a man, double of her age named, Gudda , threw acid on her face for rejecting his advances. This incident shook the whole nation. But Laxmi fought back and even punished the inhuman culprits by putting them behind the bars. Now, Laxmi is a well known Indian campaigner who campaigns about the rights one acid attack victim should get. She also received the prestigious International Women Courage Award in 2014 by the former U.S. First lady, Michele Obama. The Indian audience are looking forward to see the story of Trauma and Triumph on the big screen and eager to see Deepika Padukone playing such e character.

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