Chhapaak: Deepika Padukone Consoles Laxmi Agarwal
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Chhapaak: Deepika Padukone Consoles Laxmi Agarwal

At the event in Mumbai, singer Shankar Mahadevan crooned the title track of Chhapaak, stirring up a bevy of emotions. As Laxmi broke down, Deepika also got emotional and was seen consoling her

The New Year already seems like it will be a great one for actor Deepika Padukone. The Meghna Gulzar directorial that she has been shooting for since 2019 has finally been completed and is the most highly anticipated Bollywood film of 2020, followed by Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and Akshay Kumar’s recently released Good Newwz. The Piku star essays the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal in the upcoming film. Chhapaak, a heart-wrenching and touching tale, Deeps has left no stone unturned in prepping for the project. The starlet attended the song launch for Chhapaak alongside Laxmi and the film’s team on Friday.

At the event in Mumbai, singer Shankar Mahadevan crooned the title track of Chhapaak, stirring up a bevy of emotions. As Laxmi broke down during the launch, Deepika also got emotional and could not hold back the tears. Pictures and videos of the same were shared on Instagram by photographer Manav Manglani. Deepika can be seen hugging Laxmi and consoling her.

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Chhapaak is inspired by the life of Laxmi. Deepika plays the acid attack survivor too but her name in the film is Malti. At an earlier event, the actor said that it was not a biopic but “the story of her journey, struggle, triumph and the human spirit”. In 2005, at the age of 16, Laxmi was attacked with acid by a spurned suitor. However, she rose above her circumstances and became a high-profile crusader against acid attacks. She was also one of the winners of the US State Department’s International Women of Courage Award in 2014.  “I needed to have my counsellor on the sets of the movie with me. It came out of my nowhere and I was also caught off-guard,” Deepika said. “I started feeling it coming on and I thought maybe I am just tired or it is the long hours. But then it got really bad and I started feeling claustrophobic. It was very tough for me emotionally. To think about those days and put myself emotionally through that.” Chhapaak is scheduled to hit cinema screens on January 10, 2020.

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