Deepika Padukone Hopes there’s No Need for More Stories on Acid Violence
Deepika Padukone’s upcoming film, Chhapaak, sheds light on the journey of an acid attack survivor
Deepika Padukone-starrer Chhapaak will hit screens on January 10 but the trailer has already gathered response from cinema-goers and they believe it will be a box-office hit, touching the topic of acid attack victims. The lead role, played by Deepika, sees a woman trying to rebuild her life after a man throws acid on her face on a public street in New Delhi. The story is based on a real-life person named Laxmi Agarwal who went through the horror of being an acid attack victim.
Meanwhile, Deepika is using her stardom to highlight the issues and hopes the film has enough depth to that there won’t be need for another story on acid violence. “Beyond the gruesomeness, the violence and all of that, there is a story of the human spirit and hope. That’s why we’re telling the story,” she said. “I hope we won’t have to constantly tell stories on acid attack survivors for us to see change. I hope with our film we begin to see that change for ourselves as a society and for acid attack survivors. If we don’t, then we’ve done something wrong as a society. Cinema in itself is such a powerful medium that hopefully just through this one film we will be able to see that kind of change and impact,” she told Indian news agency PTI.
Deepika clarified that her role as a producer was to help with the finances of the movie so that story didn’t get buried because of lack of resources. “Sometimes certain films need a little more hand holding, a little more love and support. I felt like I would be adding a little more value as a producer. This is a film I’m very proud of, not just from the script point of view but even in terms of the story and its message,” she said.