EXCLUSIVE: Deepika Padukone truly shed off things we know of her, the face, the brand for Chhapaak: Meghna

Meghna Gulzar in an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla opens up on Deepika Padukone playing an acid attack survivor in Chhapaak, if she was her first choice and more. Read on.
EXCLUSIVE: Deepika Padukone truly shed off things we know of her, the face, the brand for Chhapaak: MeghnaEXCLUSIVE: Deepika Padukone truly shed off things we know of her, the face, the brand for Chhapaak: Meghna
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Director Meghna Gulzar and Deepika Padukone's first collaborating, Chhapaak, is one of the most anticipated movies for next year. The movie based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal is scheduled for a January 10 release next year and will also see Vikrant Massey playing a pivotal role. The team recently wrapped up shooting for the movie and in an exclusive interview with PINKVILLA, Meghna Gulzar, who last directed Raazi, revealed that the idea for Chhapaak emerged while she did Talvar. 

"I had the idea (for Chhapaak) after I did Talvar and then I met Laxmi in 2016, and I spent a year talking with her along with my writer Atika Chohan. We worked together on the script but as that happened, Raazi came together, so Raazi happened first but amid this, Atika and I were developing the script and talking to Laxmi, putting things together since 2016. Once Raazi got over, I thought it would be the right time to take the script on and bring it alive," Meghna said. 

When asked if Deepika was always the first choice to play Laxmi aka Malti, Meghna exclaimed, "I would be lying if I would say that Deepika was not always a part of the film," and added, "I mean it was like this unsaid and unspoken wish which both Atika and I had. We have seen pictures of how Laxmi looked like before the attack and I found an uncanny similarity to Deepika, but you know, at that time, we were like we are letting our imaginations go wild, I don't think Deepika would give this thought a moment because it is just too radical, but it was a thought we silently nurtured in our hearts."


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She continued, "Once Raazi happened, I was also working on another script, but I knew that film will be longer in the making as it requires a tremendous amount of research. So, this film looked like it could be made first. And in the spur of the moment, I called for a meeting with Deepika because somewhere subconsciously we wanted her to do the movie. She completely took me by surprise by agreeing to it."

Revealing that Deepika wanted to do something light at that moment, Meghna shared, "Actually, she was looking to do something light as she had done three intense movies before that, but what I had was a polar opposite to what she wanted to do. That is why I was doubly surprised when she said that I had put her in a fix as she wanted something light, but now, she wanted to do the movie."

Lastly, while praising Deepika for having immersed herself in the role completely, Meghna mentioned, "I really think it takes a tremendous amount of grounding of yourself to be able to get out of your skin and be able to completely immerse yourself into someone else's skin. She completely shed off things as we know of her as Deepika Padukone, the face, the brand, the actor. She shed it all to play this part. That takes a lot of grit."



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Pv is a waste of space......the comments shown and the votes are not a true reflection of how people feel. Its all manipulated by pv for a fee. Lets see if you post this pv. Of course you will manipulate the votes if you do post.

Yes dp and kat are firends now but i dont wanna to see loser alia with queens dp and kat.

Kat & dp are firends now

Once upon time in india,there was a girl who called alia.

Just the loser...alia!

It's good to see that Deepika is still getting good films as lead actress. Her contemporaries like kangana and Katrina are yet unmarried and that's why they are getting more films than her. She is married and in her mid 30s and she is doing great.Clearly she can't be where she was 2 years back and compete with alia or sara because they are young and desirable. Audience don't accepts actress in their mid 30s apt for love stories. From now on Deepika should do character roles. Going to production was a good decision.

All the negative comments about kat on Dp's posts are made by alia and gang. Agenda ....to create animosity .....these two ladies are smart enough not to fall for it.

yes its good thing they roped dp for this role she is the right for this part-strong,gorgeous,vulnerable,innocence all in one face

What would hv happened if PV was there during Sridevi Ji’s era? How would they write captions for every single role of her’s as each one was a masterpiece..

This will be reviewed well but it will not open well. DP wil sit and give boring interviews about the movie, keep staring at some corner in the room and say 'i think', 'i think'. Looking forward to that though! Heeheheehee.

Jealous. How can you say it wont open well before seeing anything from it? Kat ahs given boring interviews , didn't talk about her film but keep crying about her breakup, Ranbir, salman, DP, Rs, Alia, Wedding. Love, etc etc with frozen face , copied looks and say I think I think.
post it

TBH don't think its kat making the negative comment. Sounds more like Pc. Maybe people have not picked up on it but PC hates Dp with a passion. Would really like to know the reason.

You are so frustrated ! I guess being married to a kiddo does that to you.

Haters are so mean

kat time is over

One wonders....is it kat alia or pc making mischief ?

Deepika will make this happen in the most beautiful way. Only she can pull off such a role. She's the best.. love her.

And? Why is this news? The role requires to shed the glamour part. Otherwise it will not make any sense. So what if we don’t get to see her long square figure

Hello jealous hater, burn

She does have a long square figure ....and now she has MJ's nose!

Have you seen plastic katrina face. Disfigured , dark and a MJ nose

Hello alia !

And if that is so why do you sound so frustrated ?

It is mediocre look. She is insecure & can never come to terms that she has got a raw deal in marriage.

Hi insecure and jealous lonely katrina.
pv post

What do you mean by a raw deal in marriage?


Her time is over

Yes, Katrina time is over

She made 100 crores last year. Her time has just started.

Says who ? You must be either a really bitter soul or a really envious person to wish a woman ( who is in her prime at 33 yrs old ) the end of her career.

Love her... and wish and all the team goodluck.

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