Chhapaak is Meghna Gulzar’s interpretation of a real-life protagonist and acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. The film shows how Malti (Laxmi’s fictional name) does not just give up on life and criticizes her fortune which would have been an easy choice to make but instead chose to fight against all the odds through her life in order to lead a normal life. Malti was attacked in the daylight in Delhi by a sociopath whose proposal of marriage was rejected by Malti. The story begins with Malti (Played by Deepika Padukone) hunting for a job and trying to accept and escape from the petrifying mishappening that the teen’s life had just witnessed. Malti has to let go of her dream of becoming a singer after this incident occurs in her life. A girl who was carrying so much emotional baggage within also had to undergo multiple painful surgeries for her physical scars. After this incident, her life revolves around an NGO that works to uplift the morale of acid attack victims physically and emotionally.
Chhapaak is a movie which is first of its kind in Bollywood that talks about the challenges faced by acid attack victims in daily life and how they are marginalized in society. Malti who is a mentally robust girl shines through everything with her ‘never ready to give up’ smile. This movie is expected to be Deepika Padukone’s finest movie as a method actor that she is! With the trailer, she already seems to have delivered just the right thing once again to the audience. Deepika has evidently worked wonders in playing Malti. Apart from Deepika, Vikrant Massey and Madhurjeet Sarghi are collecting compliments for their respective performances as well. In conclusion, this story needs to be heard for it tells how some people on account of their stubbornness and a mere obsession don’t even hesitate from exploiting lives of people to an extent where it becomes totally miserable to live. The movie also shows that life is inevitable but suffering is always optional. Stories like Chhapaak should be brought to the audience for it inspires people beyond measures!