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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

FPB Classification

Title Detail : CHHAPAAK
FILM TITLE: CHHAPAAK
GENRE: DRAMA
CONSUMER ADVICE: 13 IAT P V
DISTRIBUTOR: NOLAVA INTERNATIONAL FILM DISTRIBUTION (PTY) LTD
DIRECTOR: MEGHNA GULZAR
MAIN CAST: DEEPIKA PADUKONE
LANGUAGE: Low impact use of language to demean and of expression. Only two words used in the film
NUDITY: NONE
PREJUDICE: Mild impact frequent thematic prejudice linked to gender based violence targeted on women, men proving their masculinity
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: Moderate impact failry frequent gender based violence targeted on women
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: The material contains moderate impact complex and mature themes which are presented in a context of a drama context. Themes explore protest marches against free selling of acid in the city, being an acid attack survivor, challenging India’s criminal justice system with petitions, successful conviction, family support, courage, bravery, perseverance, undergoing re constructive surgery, investigative journalism, gender based violence, fighting for justice, police investigations, going through emotional and psychological pain, hope, attempted murder and murder and facing and overcoming challenges. The emotional and psychological themes of falling victim to gender based violence and the agonizing pain that comes with it would be distressing and disturbing to the emotional well-being of children younger than 13 years. What mitigates the emotional journey of victims is that justice finally prevails in the film with perpetrators getting sentenced in court and laws getting amended to protect victims.



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.