Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak is falling into one controversy after other. After a copyright violation case and the actor’s visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday sparked a row, the latest was about rumours of the attacker’s religion in the movie being changed. Reacting to it, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dr Subramanian Swamy stated that if the reports were true, it amounted to ‘defamation’ and informed that a legal notice will be sent to the makers for the same.
Chhapaak is based on the real life story of Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attacker survivor, being played by Deepika Padukone. Her case had made headlines in 2006. She was attacked with acid by a man named Nadeem Khan aka Guddu for spurning his proposal.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the Rajya Sabha MP wrote that an advocate named Ishkaran Singh Bhandari is planning to send a legal notice to the makers if the name of the accused, who was a Muslim, is changed to a Hindu name.
Ishkaran is drafting a legal notice to Deepika Padukone & producers, if they have changed name of accused from Muslim in real life to a Hindu name.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) January 8, 2020
That is defamation.
For details follow @ishkarnBHANDARI
Bhandari also tweeted that he has instructed his team to find out what the name of the attacker in the movie is. He added that if the name was found to be changed, he will send a legal notice.
I have instructed my office to find out name used in Deepika Padukone movie for the accused who threw Acid.— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@ishkarnBHANDARI) January 8, 2020
His real name is Nadeem Khan.
If a different name is used & especially a name typically used by different religions will send a Legal Notice.
No mention of the attacker’s religion or name is evident in the trailer of the movie. However, as per the Wikipedia article of Chhapaak, the name of the attacker was changed to a Hindu name ‘to save minority interests and to keep it secular.’
Earlier in the day, this became a talking point on social media. However, some people who reportedly watched the movie on Tuesday said that it was not true. Some Twitter users pointed out that the religion has not been changed.
Chhapaak has been directed by Talwar and Raazi fame Meghna Gulzar. Deepika is paired opposite Vikrant Massey in the movie. Chhapaak releases this Friday.
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