“Chhapaak is also a tight slap on the face of perpetrators"
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut applauds Deepika Padukone, director Meghna Gulzar and the entire Chhapaak (2020) team for creating a film on an acid attack survivor.
Chhapaak follows the journey of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. She was brutally attacked with acid for rejecting a marriage proposal.
Despite her appearance being harmed, Laxmi did not allow it to define her and she has continued to grow in strength.
In the film, Deepika plays the role of Malti who suffers an acid attack and fights for justice and change.
Kangana revealed how watching the trailer of the film bought back memories of when her sister Rangoli Chandel was attacked with acid.
Rangoli, who is also Kangana’s manager, was targeted in 2006 in Dehradun, India while studying engineering.
Like Laxmi Agarwal, Rangoli was viciously attacked with acid after rejecting a man’s proposal.
In 2019, Rangoli shared her story on Twitter as one litre of acid was thrown over her face. She said:
“Lot of people feeling sorry about the fact that I lost my beauty, honestly when your organs melt before your eyes beauty is the last thing you care about.
“Even after 54 surgeries over a span of 5 years doctors couldn’t reconstruct my ear.”
Kangana’s sister continued to mention how the number of acid attack victims is high. She said:
“Even now I can’t stretch my neck sometime itching in grafted skin is so bad that I wish I was dead.
“Shockingly acid victim numbers are very high in India, the culprit was out on bail within few weeks, it was too painful to see him roam around freely.”
Rangoli shared the video message of Kangana Ranaut on Twitter with the caption:
“The pain still lingers. Our family thanks #chhapaak for a story that needs to be told!”
In the video, Kangana Ranaut praises Deepika and the Chhapaak team for showcasing this sensitive topic. She said:
“I and my entire family thank Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar for making a film of this subject so that the victims of acid attack find strength.
“Chhapaak is also a tight slap on the face of perpetrators, who might have succeeded in their actions, but not in their intentions.
“The face that they managed to harm, this film will make sure the same face shine with pride today.
“I hope in this new year (2020), the sale of acid is stopped and we become free of acid attacks. I send all my wishes to the team of Chhapaak.”
Chhapaak is set to hit the big screen on Friday, January 10, 2020. We look forward to seeing how the film helps to make a social change in India.