Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak is fast getting into the production mode. Recently, the film's director Meghna Gulzar shared a picture on her Instagram with a simple message: Prep. It shows a yellow perforated dupatta as if acid had been thrown on it.
The biopic, based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal from Delhi, will see Deepika in the lead role. This will be the first film for Deepika post her grand wedding in November last year. While there was a lot of buzz about the project, Deepika had tweeted in December last year, confirming her participation.
Speaking about the film, Meghna had recently mentioned that people would be seeing a disfigured Deepika Padukone in Chhapaak, unlike the roles she has done till now.
An attack which left Laxmi with severe burns. Speaking about the actress’s choice, Laxmi had said:
“I am so happy that Deepika is playing the role. I have no right to judge her. How can I judge someone for something which I can’t do. She has played wonderful characters on screen and I believe she will give her best. I want to thank Deepika ji, Meghna ji and the entire team who will be working together on the film.”
Deepika Padukone will not just be doing the lead role but will also be producing it. The movie Chhapaak will also star Vikrant Massey, popular for his stint on TV and his work in films like Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial A Death In The Gunj.
Meghna, meanwhile, is on a career high with her last film Raazi, starring Alia Bhatt in the lead. The film which was released last year has turned out to be a massive opener at the box office by earning more than Rs 200 crores worldwide.
Deepika, meanwhile, remains among the most popular stars of B-town; last year she delivered just one film, Padmaavat, which though being controversial, emerged as one of the highest grossing movies of 2018. However, public’s fascination with the actor remained sky high, peaking around the time of her Italian wedding and subsequent wedding receptions across cities.