Chhapaak Movie Review

In its encounter with the tragedy of acid assaults, Meghna Gulzar's film is emotional. As Malti, Deepika Padukone exhibits the role of Malti. She plays a character inspired by Laxmi Agarwal in the film Chhapaak.

Gulzar's sorrowful and tragic lyrics tell the story of an acid attack victim and the verses perfectly set a tone for the film.

"Koi Chehra Mita Ke",

"Aur Aankh Se Hata Ke",

"Chand Cheente Uda Ke Jo Gaya",

"Chhapaak Se Pehchaan Le Gaya.'

Chhapaak film recreates the protests that exploded after the Delhi gang-rape case in 2012, setting the tone for the rest of the film. The film is based on actual events of acid attack violence and a survivor's story (Laxmi Aggarwal). The film, starring Deepika Padukone as the protagonist, impacts one would expect from a movie about such a heinous hate crime.

Meghna Gulzar, who earlier directed movies like Talvar and Filhaal, drives her story sincerely. She is conscious of the complexities of the subject. Instead of inspiring sorrow, she carries a more critical message of standing tall and proclaiming life even in the face of adversity.

Malti (Padukone) is a 19-year-old who daydreamed of becoming a singer as a happy teenager, but a 'Chhapaak' of acid alters the course of her life. Her days are now employed working for an NGO that advocates acid attack victims, defending herself in court, and enduring healing surgery at the hospital. Bashir Khan, aka Babbu, is the antagonist, while Malti's boyfriend is Rajesh.

Malti sees for a job after overcoming the emotional trauma caused by the acid attack.

Deepika's alcoholic father, for example, shows in a few touching scenes. Similarly, her brother has a lousy connection with his sister, yet that is all we know about it.

The second half drives you into more of Malti's struggles and how this horrific event changed her bonds with her parents, friends, and boyfriend. Chhapaak, on the other hand, is typically diminished to a courtroom drama.

Chhapaak has several moments that immerse you in the suffering of an acid attack survivor. Especially the scene in which Deepika sobs when she sees herself in the mirror. In another scene, she tries but fails to put on an earring, which is upsetting. Her agony and powerlessness will crush your heart. Instead, she is characterized by empowering herself and others, recovering her self-worth, and making the best of the life she is required to live due to the tragic incident.

Deepika Padukone inhabits Malti's character with ease. She gives up all vanity to play an acid attack victim, and she does it admirably. Her prosthetic makeup is also excellent, as such a sensitive and delicate subject can quickly go awry.

Vikrant Massey as Amol Dixit, a former journalist who presently operates an NGO, is a solid pick for a character that needs loudness and distinction. He does not simply resemble convincing in parts, yet he additionally accommodates Deepika in their on-screen dialogues.

Archana Bajaj (Madhurjeet Sarghi), who performs Malti's lawyer, also provides an outstanding performance. It is commendable that she carries Malti in her struggle for justice and survives by her side everywhere.

Chhapaak is a narrative that will make you cry and would last questions in your mind simultaneously. It's a sensitive and tragic story that's not comfortable to witness but worth watching.

I give it 3.5/5 stars because of how the story is portrayed, the performances, and the theme song 'Chhapaak Se Pehchan Le Gaya.'

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