Filmmaker Meghna Gulzar is ready with his next film, Chhapaak which is based on the life of an acid survivor. Gulzar in an interview with Mirror said she wanted to make a statement with her choice of the lead actor in the film. The film is winning hearts after the trailer was released recently. Deepika Padukone, who also turns a producer with the film also stars in the movie playing the lead role of Malti. For the unversed, the film is loosely based on the life of an acid attack survivor, Laxmi Aggarwal.
In the interview with the daily
Meghna said, "For me, it was important to take a face associated with beauty because when you distort it, like it would happen to a survivor, the contrast and impact is far stronger. Not everybody is Deepika Padukone, but these other girls were beautiful too and didn’t deserve this to happen to them. No girl deserves it going forward. I’m fortunate Deepika agreed to play the part." VIDEO
Talking about Deepika's prosthetic in the movie, Meghna said, "During our research, we discovered that Laxmi Agarwal’s pictures before the attack are strikingly similar to Deepika’s when she was young. There is an uncanny similarity in their physicality which shows up in the prosthetics. That was my starting point. Then came the larger thought of the impact of the message which would get magnified with her in the lead as Malti (who is fashioned after Laxmi). The idea wasn’t to make Deepika look like Laxmi, but to make her look like what she’d have looked, God forbid, if something like this happened to her. The essence of Deepika is still there, particularly in her eyes."
She also praised and lauded Deepika for having the courage to take the role. "It takes courage to discard your calling card and bare yourself completely. When you are shorn of all the usual trappings— hair, make-up, costume, jewellery—with only your craft exposed, it’s a brave path to walk and Deepika has done it with flourish."
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