For a film that deals with real life acid violence, Deepika Padukone had to undergo massive transformation to fit the skin of the activist and the survivor, Malti. Meghna Gulzar’s film, Chhapaak isn’t just the story of one person but a larger reflection on the situation of acid violence in a country like India. From the start, Chhapaak has been in the news due to the association of stars like Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey with such a sensitive yet hard-hitting film.
The shoot of the film wrapped up two days back and the Deepika along with Vikrant and Meghna shared photos with each other to remember the journey. But, Deepika’s journey of becoming Malti wasn’t an easy one. In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, Meghna revealed details as to her vision of Deepika and Malti. Meghna mentioned that for her both Deepika and Malti were the same and that, the idea was never to give Deepika the face of Laxmi Agarwal but actually to make it look like the star’s face was scarred like that of the acid attack activist. Meghna revealed that she had been working with a prosthetic designer, Clover Wootoon for Deepika’s look in Chhapaak.
Meghna said, “I didn’t want people to watch this film with their eyes shut, the idea was not to create Laxmi’s face on Deepika but something that would be Deepika’s face had it been scarred the way Laxmi’s was.” Meghna also mentioned that the wrap of the Chhapaak was an emotional experience for her and everyone as they treated the film like their own. She also added that Malti aka Deepika’s character will be in her heart forever. “There is Malti, and then there is Deepika who became Malti. Malti’s presence on screen reflects the expression in Deepika’s eyes and on her face which comes through the prosthetics. For me, Malti is Deepika and Deepika is Malti.”
While the film’s shoot was surely is an emotional journey, the director feels that it delves into a deeper issue at hand. Meghna also revealed that the film is not entirely just based on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal’s life but is the story that covers a larger perspective. She also mentions that change in society comes only after acceptance and awareness. Chhapaak will see Deepika as Malti, an acid attack survivor and activist. Vikrant Massey will be seen playing the role of her partner in the film. It has been shot in New Delhi and Mumbai. Chhapaak is slated to release on January 10, 2020.