Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak directed by Meghna Gulzar, the story of an acid attack survivor is all set to go on floors. The actress took social media to share her first look of the film and netizens are lauding her for her incredible transformation and taking on such a powerful role.
Chhapaak will be hit the theaters on January 10, 2020, is the story of Laxmi Agarwal, the acid attack survivor who won against this hideous act of humanity with her courage and indomitable spirit.
Born to a middle-class family in Delhi, fifteen-year-old Laxmi dreamed of becoming a singer someday. Naeem Khan, 32, wished to marry her however she wasn’t interested. He refused to take no for an answer and stalked her, however, she continues to reject his advances.
In 2005, Laxmi was on her way to a shop in Khan Market, when she was accosted by Naeem, who attacked her with acid. She lay on the road, wriggling in pain, till a taxi driver came forward and rush her to the close Safdarjung hospital.]
Laxmi recalled in an interview with Daily Mail, “I felt as if somebody had set my whole body on fire. The skin was simply coming off, it had been like dripping, from my hands, and from my face.”
She had to endure multiple surgeries and was in the hospital for 3 months. “There were no mirrors in the ward I used to be in. each morning, the nurse would bring me a bowl of water to help me clean up and that I would try and catch my reflection in that water. I might solely see glimpses of a bandaged face… once I initial saw my face afterward, I was devastated. I had no face to speak of,” she told a news web site.
The horrific attack couldn’t bring Laxmi down. In 2006, she filed a Public Interest litigation within the Supreme Court and sought a total ban on the sale of acid. In 2013, the court ruled in favor of her plea and imposed restrictions on the sale of acid. the same year, Laxmi conjointly became a campaigner for Stop Acid Attacks, supported by Alok Dixit and Ashish Shukla.
As Laxmi became the voice of acid attack survivors, she was honored by former first woman Michelle Obama with the International Women of Courage Award. She was given the award for her courageous and selfless advocation for justice and human rights.
During her stint with Stop Acid Attacks, Laxmi and Alok fell in love. The couple determined to not get married and opted for a live-in relationship instead. “We are challenging the society by not getting married. we don’t need people to come to our wedding and comment on my appearance,” she aforementioned in an interview.
Soon once Laxmi and Alok’s daughter Pihu was born, the couple went their separate ways due to differences. Laxmi was struggling to make ends meet and finding it difficult to find employment as well as housing.
In an interview with a leading publication last year, she said, “So many people offered me jobs on reading the news and that I am very thankful to them. News has a very short time period and once sometimes, it holds no worth. however, I would like the govt. to offer me employment as I even have to support my mother also as my daughter. I have to bring her up single-handedly.”