Bollywood actress and superstar Deepika Padukone says her latest film “Chhapaak” should ideally be so impactful that there won’t be need for another story on acid violence.
Deepika, 33, said it was a story that spoke to her and she felt pride in attaching herself to the project. She also tweeted about the film
Agar milta hi nahin toh phikta bhi nahin… #Chhapaak releases in cinemas on 10th January, 2020!@meghnagulzar @atikachohan @masseysahib @_KaProductions @MrigaFilms @foxstarhindi pic.twitter.com/hrESFh2nFm
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) January 2, 2020
The film, which releases on January 10, will be Deepika’s first release in two years and comes after her first after marriage to Ranveer Singh.
Her last release was Sanjay leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat co- starring Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor which was blockbuster at the Box-office in 2018.
“Chhapaak”, directed by Meghna Gulzar and also featuring Vikrant Massey, is the second mainstream film to focus on the subject after 2019 Malayalam movie “Uyare” starring Parvathy Thiruvothu.
“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 hopefully be able to see that kind of change and impact.”
After all, cinema is in itself such a powerful medium, Deepika told PTI ahead of the release of the film based on the life of acid attack survivor-activist Laxmi Agarwal.
The idea behind the social drama is to invoke empathy and understanding rather than paint women who have undergone the ordeal as victims, the actor, who has also produced the film, said in a telephonic interview from Mumbai.
“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.