Chhapaak, which is based on a real-life incident is all set to release on the 10th of January 2020. Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey has been directed by Meghna Gulzar. Currently, the team of Chhapaak has been seen promoting the movie along with Laxmi Aggarwal. Deepika is playing Malti (i.e. the name used in place of Laxmi) who is an acid attack survivor.
During a talk, Vikrant made a few statements about how he felt about the film and working with Deepika for the first time. To that, he answered, “Seldom has it happened that we look beyond appearance when it comes to a love story. In our cinema, we always prioritize vanity and the beauty of the girl. Here is a love story where the boy and the girl falling in love because of the individuals they are. This part of the narrative is very special.”
Vikrant Massey, about his experience with his co-actor (Deepika Padukone), stated, “ “I do not know what process she follows to create a character but from my observation, I can say she internalizes the character she portrays on screen and, at times, it takes a toll on her. I know that the character of Malti is special for her and it impacted her as a performer.”
He said, ”There were days when she would respond like Malti even off-camera. I think as an actress, she has given her all, emptied herself to create Malti. Perhaps that is why she was overwhelmed during the trailer launch of the film.” Also, talking about the film’s concept, on the parenting of boys and girls, he stated, “There is a different kind of upbringing we give to the son of the house than the daughter, where we do not teach a little boy how to accept rejection. Later, it turns into an ego issue. In most cases of acid-violence, the boy throws acid on a girl when she rejects his marriage proposal,” stated Vikrant Massey.
He further added, “The first step to stop the crime is to change the upbringing, and parents need to take that step. Boys need to learn to accept ‘no’ for an answer and (realize) why consent is of utmost importance. The right kind of parenting can build a progressive society I guess.”
So do you think this film will make people more aware of their responsibilities towards bringing guys and girls equally? Are you waiting for the movie to release? Will this film act as a catalyst for the evolution of our system positively?