Chhapaak Movie Review: Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar's film is worth the time and money

Chhapaak Movie Review: The story of the Laxmi Agarwal, the acid attack survivor, will remain an essential chapter in Deepika Padukone’s film career, both as an actor and producer.
Chhapaak Movie Review: Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar's film is worth the time and moneyChhapaak Movie Review: Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar's film is worth the time and money
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Movie Name: Chhapaak

Chhapaak Cast: Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey

Chhapaak Director: Meghna Gulzar

Chhapaak Stars: 3/5

We live in a time where any movement worth remembering needs a Bollywood script to brush the dust off the forgotten struggles and crimes that continue to plague the society. Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak captures one such long battle of Laxmi Agarwal, the acid attack survivor and campaigner of the rights of acid attack victims.
For those who have still not caught up, Laxmi Agarwal was 15 when she declined the love interest of a 32-year-old man named Naeem Khan. He threw acid on Laxmi’s face for refusing him, destroying her face, but not her will. Thereon began her struggle to fight for the rights of the victims and file a PIL in the apex court to ban over-the-counter sale of acid.

In Meghna’s script, a 19-year-old girl named as Malti (Deepika Padukone), a young aspiring singer, gets attacked by Bashir Khan with acid. Bashir is a family friend and fondly called as Bashir ‘bhaiya’ by Malti. Despite undergoing multiple surgeries, she struggles to find a job to support her family and is constantly reminded that a face is necessary to make the society face you. Post the traumatic turns of events, Malti decides that just being a survivor isn’t enough. She gets support and love from Amol (Vikrant Massey) who runs an NGO for acid attack survivors.

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Whether you are a Deepika Padukone fan or not doesn't matter for she deserves accolades not just for acting in Chhapaak but also producing a film which many might have not even dared to make. De-glam is a risk that not many actors wish to take at the peak of their career. Usually, challenging scripts and roles are often used to provide thrust in the downward cyclical career graphs. Deepika should be given credit for taking up an inspiring story and a challenging role that will be a defining moment her film career – both as a producer and an actor.

Vikrant Massey handles his role with ease and fits in perfectly. The intensity and honesty with which he performs are both conspicuous and infectious. His chemistry with Deepika is natural and soothing. Madhurjeet Sarghi, who plays the role of a lawyer, plays his part well and ensures the courtroom scenes are devoid of unnecessary dramatisation. The realisation of how acid attack victims are made to relive this horror every day by society is heart-wrenching. Dialogues such as, "Acid cold drink se sasta bikta hai" is a wake-up call for us to ponder why we undermined the potential threat.

Meghna Gulzar is a raconteur who has delivered critically acclaimed and box office hits such as Raazi, Talvar, etc. Through Chhapaak, she unites the audience with Malti’s struggle and influences them to stand against the wrong. She utilises the first half of the film on Malti’s struggle and trauma. The second-half has moments of victory with Malti celebrating even the smallest joys of her life is something which catches your attention. The makers have also beautifully and subtly weaved in the love story of Amol and Malti. Although, it’s unfair one cannot help but draw a comparison with 2019 Malayalam film, Uyare. One stark difference between Uyare and Chhapaak is that the former evokes anger against the culprit, while Chhapaak focuses on empathy. In Chhapaak, there is a dialogue that justifies the director’s viewpoint. When Amol tells Malti that he wants to see Bashir in court, she says, “There is nothing worth in him to see”. Meghna makes the culprit unworthy of attention.   

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The makers have a track-record of taking real-life stories a notch higher. However, in totality, it does fall a bit short of expectations. There were powerful moments in the life of Laxmi Agarwal that you expected to see in the film. Laxmi, in her interviews, has narrated how she desperately attempted to see her face in the cups of liquid food which was being served to her at the hospital; primarily because her room had no mirror. Similarly, she was aghast when the culprit showed no remorse in the courtroom and instead offered to marry her as a solution to his ‘mistake’. Setting these things aside, Chhapaak is a film worth the time and money.

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Comments

till now d best acting of Deepika ... heart touching movie ...just u have to feel d movie .. without dragging any political issues ...acid attack was a major issues ...Nd we should know d contribution of Lakshmi Agarwal ..and Deepika mam u just nailed it ..❣️❣️❣️..lotz of luv for you ..and for Meghna mam ..to give us d opportunity to se d real story ...it is a kind of contribution for those girl who r not safe Nd underprivileged..dat what is d consequences of an acid attack..she has to suffer whole life wid dis fate ..it is not so easy .. so if u have emotion ❣️u could connect wid d movie other wise d political and religious barriers make u blind ..❣️❣️

Awesome

Waste

Not good
Waste of money

My respect for the entire team. Deepika you did a great job. Malati we are with you and your family. We need to stand up for the Acid victims. In all over the world we must raise the voice to band acid sell without a prescription. I marked this movie as the best movie ever I had ever seen. Love you all

Heart touching movie....Deepika is best in her acting as MALTI♥️if u hv heart then u can feel it ,,don't messed it with other issues....lots of love for Chhapaak ♥️

Heart touching movie....Deepika is best in her acting as MALTI♥️if u hv heart then u can feel it ,,don't messed it with other issues....lots of love for Chhapaak ♥️

Bad movie, overhyped

WE HAVE SHOULD BE WATCH

Excellent movie, great acting!

i will never watch deepika movies.

Not watching as she is supporting against the india.

Will be watching this movie in favour of her supporting JNU attacked students and against the masked spinless goons or gundas!!! Yeyyyyy the nation will ensure that your movie be the example for spinless Bollywood stars who don't speak up for the nation just for sake of their so called stardom may get affected!!!! #suppportdeepika

Bad Move.On a lighter note.Lets give her a benefit of doubt.Since she has not had University Education,maybe she was there to get a experience of University Life.

imagine tmyour tax dollars paying for these negative comments, how embarrassing

Not watching. Country first.

Never watching another Deepika film for supporting the Tukde Tukde gang, so called 35 year old students of JNU who are Anti nationals playing dirty politics for the sake of Delhi elections. Deepika the great opportunist uses their anti national campaign to garner publicity for her movie. SHAME Hope the film flops and ppl donate the ticket money to organizations working for acid attack victims. Post Post PV

Deepika is maturing both as a person and as a an actress. This film shows her decisions and choices both as producer/actress and as a person. Every one should watch this film because this is the story of someone who showed to world how to make the invisible will power in all us take charge on our soul and direct our path.

Desh drohi Dipika......I hate you....I will watch tanaji for 100/

I boycott dipika and her all upcoming movies, I rate big 0 for her.....I hate dipika....

Sorry not watching. Country first girl.

Now not watching. In rebound, I will watch Tanaji and Panga!

Now not watching. In rebound, I will watch Tanaji and Panga!

I think it's a fantastic movie..great acting and direction.I give 5 upon 5

Would have watched had she not done all unnecessary drama of promotions

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