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Deepika Padukone's 'Chhapaak' under fire

IANS/Mumbai
Filed on January 9, 2020
Deepika Padukone's 'Chhapaak', jnu, caa protests

(Agencies file)

This is the second controversy that has erupted about 'Chhapaak' within the span of a single day.

Deepika Padukone's 'Chhapaak' was under fire on Twitter over allegations that the name of the acid attacker's victim had been changed from 'Nadeem Khan' to 'Rajesh' - rumours which were rubbished later on Wednesday at the pre-release screenings.

Several reports have claimed that director Meghna Gulzar had changed the name of Nadeem Khan to Rajesh - a 32-year-old man who was behind the acid attack on Laxmi Agarwal.

Earlier on Wednesday, social media platforms and WhatsApp groups were flooded with the rumour that the name of the real-life acid attacker was changed from Basheer to Rajesh in the film, in order to protect the culprit's religious identity. However, pre-release screenings on Wednesday revealed the name of Nadeem has been changed to Basheer.

Several users on Twitter expressed their disappointment over the rumoured change in name of the attacker.

Earlier, Deepika made quite a buzz on Twitter when she decided to visit Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi on Tuesday, to show solidarity with students.

A day after, a section of the Twitterati called for a boycott of Deepika's "Chhapaak", while another section came out in her support and tweeted that it will watch the new movie based on the real-life story of an acid-attack victim. #HumDekhengeChhapaak and #IsupportDeepika trended with people praising the actress for her stand on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus violence on January 5.

Laxmi Agarwal's lawyer plans to sue makers

Advocate Aparna Bhat, who represented acid attack victim Laxmi Agarwal in court, is upset with the Deepika Padukone-starrer 'Chhapaak' and has threatened to take legal action against the makers of the film.

'Chhapaak' is based on Laxmi's life, and Deepika plays a character based on Laxmi in the film. Bhat's contention is the filmmakers have not given due acknowledgement to her in the film's credits.

The advocate, who played a pivotal role in real life to ensure justice was served to Laxmi in the case fought at Patiala House Courts, took to Facebook and wrote a few posts to vent her ire, and also announce that she would be taking the makers to court.

Bhat wrote in her Facebook post: "Have never been the one to demand attention to my work. Deeply disturbed by the turn of events post watching Chhapaak. Compelled to take legal action to protect my identity and preserve my integrity. I represented Lakshmi in her criminal trial in Patiala House Courts... tomorrow someone will represent me in my cause...Ironies of life."

No sooner did she put up a post, there were many people coming out in her support. Overwhelmed by the fact, she wrote another post: "I thank all my friends who endorsed my contribution and challenged team Chhapaak in failing to say even "Thank you!!. I cannot match the powers of these mighty producers of Bollywood but keeping quiet will further endorse injustice. I have decided to take my cause to the next level. Ready to face the consequences."

This is the second controversy that has erupted about 'Chhapaak' within the span of a single day.



 
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