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‘Chhapaak’ - A film that looks at Acid violence through the lens of acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

Release date: Fri 10 Jan 2020
Running time:120 (2h00’)
Age restriction:13 IAT P V

The trials and triumphs of Malti, an acid attack survivor. From the investigation of the attack to the court proceedings, the medical treatment to the emotional healing. Chhapaak is the story of the unquashable human spirit.

Genre: Biopic, Drama
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey, Ankit Bisht, Delzad Hiwale
Directed by: Meghna Gulzar
Screenplay: Atika Chohan, Meghna Gulzar
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Produced by: Meghna Gulzar, Deepika Padukone, Govind Singh Sandhu
Language: Hindi
Country / Year: India,  2020

Links: YouTube Trailer    IMDb page for ‘Chhapaak’    Film & Publications Board page for ‘Chhapaak’               #AbLadnaHai

Malti was attacked with acid on a street in New Delhi, in 2005. Her assailant was a man twice her age, whose advances Malti had declined. Through Malti’s story, the film makes an attempt to understand the consequences of surviving an acid attack in India, the medico-legal-social state of affairs that transpires after the face is irreparably burnt. Journey through her rehabilitation, her facial surgeries, her legal battle against her attacker and her constant struggle to become economically independent. In this time, Malti also joins a campaign against Acid violence and comes across other victims of Acid attacks as well. Here she also meets Amol, the founder of the campaign. An emotional attachment forms between the two – an inexplicable bond, free from the conforms of society.