Director Meghna Gulzar shared about her most awaited film Chhapaak, which is inspired by the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, and about the metamorphosis of her lead actress Deepika Padukone for the role of Malti. The Raazi director said this thing in a statement: "Malti's presence onscreen reflects the expression in Deepika's eyes and on her face which comes through the prosthetics." Deepika had to sit through two-and-a-half hours of prosthetics every day. "But you won't see all that she went through behind the scenes onscreen. And that's the most beautiful part," Meghna Gulzar added.
Chhapaak recently winded up after almost three months and now the film is in the post-production phase. "A wrap is an emotional experience, more so for Chhapaak, because everyone working on it made it their own. Deepika's character will stay with her for life. There is Malti, and then there is Deepika who became Malti. For me, Malti is Deepika and Deepika is Malti."
After the official wrap up of Chhapaak, Deepika posted pictures from the sets of the film and described the movie as the "most precious film of her career." This was her caption: "And it's a wrap on the most precious film of my career... See you all at the movies! January 10, 2020."
Before taking up this project, Deepika Padukone had put forward her views about the film and told news agency IANS: "It's a very important film and I feel that the story which we are showcasing in our film needs to be told." Chhapaak is inspired by the life of Laxmi Agarwal, whose life was devastated after she had an acid attack but she, being a strong soul later protested against the unchecked sale of acid so that the same thing doesn’t happen to some other innocent girl.
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