Laxmi Agarwal hopes that Deepika Padukone's Chhapaak will be a tight slap on her attacker
Deepika Padukone's in-progress film Chhapaak is inspired by the acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, a single mother and a motivational speaker who is fighting for the empowerment of acid attack victims across the country. Deepika, for her character Malti, has donned Laxmi's look to perfection. As she and co-star Vikrant Massey shoot in Delhi, several photos and videos from the sets have gone viral already and the buzz is strong. Laxmi, whose story inspires many, says having a biopic was beyond her imagination.
"I have never won a medal in school. Who would have thought about a biopic being made on me? I am thankful to Meghna ji (Meghna Gulzar, director of Chhapaak) for considering my work worthy enough to be converted into a film," she said while attending an event in Jaipur. How Deepika manages to look every bit like her and is evoking the right kind of reaction also makes her happy.
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"I am also elated that a celebrity like Deepika is playing me. I just want to say that this film will be a tight slap on that attacker who thought he has ruined my life and to the society who looked at me like a criminal," she added. To bring the realness of an acid attack survivor alive and that too believably, Deepika was certainly required to undergo a long process of make-up and prosthetics. Laxmi says this also inspired makeup artists to try and create Deepika's look.
"I saw a lot of makeup artists on social media recreating Deepika's look from the film. Unhone vaisa makeup karke apni photos mujhe bheji hui hain. Kabhi socha nahi tha ki ek acid-attack survivor ke face ko bhi log recreate karenge (They've done that kind of makeup on their own faces and sent me their photos. I never thought people would recreate an acid attack survivor's face one day), " she said.
With Chhapaak, may the essence of empowerment reach many! The film is slated to release on 10th January 2020.