'Chhapaak' Director Meghna Gulzar Opens Up About Casting Real Acid Attack Survivors

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Director of Deepika Padukone's 'Chhapaak' Meghna Gulzar opened up about why she cast four real acid attack survivors and her experience of working with them.

Written By Jiya Chulet | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar is all set to amaze the audience with her next titled, Chhapaak. Starring Deepika Padukone in the lead role, the story of the film is inspired by the experience of the real-life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The trailer of the social-drama has highlighted a few real acid attack survivors working as supporting cast. In a recent media interaction, the director revealed why she cast them in the film. 

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Reportedly, Meghna said that the decision to cast real acid attack survivors was fairly organic because the characters of Malti and Amol, who run an NGO, work for the welfare of other survivors. She added that she approached the survivors from Alok Dixit's NGO. She also expressed her gratitude to the survivors for agreeing to work in the film. While praising, them she said that their performance was beyond expectation and they worked wholeheartedly on the sets of Chhapaak. She also stated that working with Ritu, Bala, Jeetu and Kunti (four acid attack survivors from Sheroes and Chhanv Foundation) was a precious experience for her.

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The Raazi director also clarified the reason for not casting Laxmi as Malti on the screen. She said that the idea of involving Laxmi in the film never incurred. She also added that neither the makers nor Laxmi would want to lose out on the substance and impact of the film.

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The Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massy starrer Chhappak is slated to release on January 10, 2020. Deepika, last seen in Padmaavat, will appear on the silver screen after almost a year. The film will clash at the box-office with Ajay Devgn's upcoming period-drama Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.



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