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10 Jan, 2020
2 hrs 03 mins
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Looking at acid violence through the lens of survivor Laxmi Agarwal, Chhapaak tells the story of a girl (Malti) coming from an unprivileged but humble background. When Malti refuses the advances made by a man twice her age, she is attacked with acid on a street in New Delhi. With her face irreparably burnt, Malti undergoes medico-social rehabilitation, a prolonged string of facial surgeries, a legal battle against her attacker and a constant struggle to become economically independent.

During this time, Malti also joins a campaign against Acid violence and comes across other victims. She forms an inexplicable bond with Amol, the founder of the campaign but it is Malti`s game-changing PIL in the Supreme Court of India, with her lawyer Archana Bajaj, that inspires the Judiciary to amend the laws on acid violence. A story of the triumph of the unquashable human spirit.
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A brave story of a womans grit and indomitable spirit. ...Read full review
Watch it not just for Deepika Padukone but also for what it has to say about a social scourge that refuses to go away. ...Read full review
You look at Deepika Padukone, so far away from the dressed-up, made-up parts shes done till now, and acknowledge an actor who wants to break out of her safe zone, to actually inhabit someone elses skin even if its burnt. Yes, its worthy, but its also very watchable. ...Read full review
Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone and directed by Meghna Gulzar is a beautiful, beautifully made film. 2020 has begun well for Bollywood. ...Read full review
Deepika Padukone blends into Malti seamlessly, the star, rarely surfacing and director Meghna Gulzar constructs the balance with a seasoned hand. ...Read full review
Meghna Gulzar documents Chhapaak`s grim reality barefacedly without losing sight of its character`s quiet determination to fight the reasons that make such heinous crimes possible in the first place. ...Read full review
Its strength is in its quietude. It goes about its business with minimal fuss. The film is both moving and important. And its leading lady is in very fine form. ...Read full review