Actress Deepika Padukone does not consider her upcoming release Chhapaak to be a risky project, despite the fact that she plays the central role of an acid attack survivor in the real life-inspired film.
“People are saying that we have taken a big risk, but I don’t think of this (film) as a risk. It is something that she (the film’s director Meghna Gulzar) has lived with for so many years. As a human being and a director, she was ready to tell the story. She came to me with it and I instantly said yes to the film, so there hasn’t been over-thinking or over-processing. I think whatever we have done to make this film was done very instantly and instinctively, and with a lot of heart. We want people to receive this film the way we have made it,” said Deepika, at the title song launch of the film in the city on Friday.
Laxmi Agarwal, the acid attack victim on whose life the film is based, was present at the event alongside Deepika, as were her co-actor Vikrant Massey, director Meghna Gulzar, composers Shankar Mahadevan and Loy Mendonsa, and lyricist Gulzar. CEO Vijay Singh Fox Star Studios, who have co-produced the film with Deepika and Meghna, was also present.
Chhapaak, which marks her entry into the zone of film production, is indeed special , the actress said. “The entire journey was special. I don’t think i can speak of a particular moment or scene as the closest to my heart. I think the entire journey and process has been extremely rewarding. It’s the film I am most proud of, among all that I have done in my career. I am not thinking much about people’s reactions after its release because that is a different aspect, but this film is something I am proud of, and I am proud that the entire team had faith in Meghna’s (Gulzar) vision,” she explained.
Laxmi Agarwal said, “I met Meghna (Gulzar) ma’am in 2016 and she told me we want to work on this cause (a film on acid attack survivor). If you note, before 2013, no one knew about acid attack violence, but when a few survivors came out and started sharing their stories, everyone listened. Today, a film has been made on this subject. I feel this film creates awareness about the issue in society. I am thankful to Deepika (Padukone) for playing Laxmi in the film.” Chhapaak releases on January 10. (IANS)