Bollywood is gradually moving away from the normative ‘masala movies’ approach and taking a more meaningful and deeper turn. The focus shift has not only been from unrelatable, larger than life fiction to relatable non-fiction, but also from beating stereotypes and making cinema a medium of change.
Chhapaak is a movie coming straight out of this! Directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Deepika Padukone, the duo is all set to bring an unheard story to the big screen.
Chhapaak is directed by the powerhouse of Bollywood – Meghna Gulzar
Meghna Gulzar has been bringing to us some of the most heartwarming Bollywood movies we’ve watched in a while. Her plot lines revolve around a strong female lead and speak volumes about women empowerment and are in close touch with reality. Her last movie, Raazi was a blockbuster hit and the upcoming one, Chhapaak seems to be no less either.
We will let the trailer talk for itself:
Deepika’s look in Chhapaak aims to redefine beauty
When the first look of Chhapaak was out, we were all stunned to see Deepika in a new avatar. Since the movie is based on the life of an acid attack survivor, it aims to break many societal conventions. One of the biggest ones in line is how we see beauty.
Bollywood’s utopic approach to life and the ‘ideal’ beauty has often been questioned by the woke audience. In Chhapaak, we finally see a lead who is not stereotypically glowing with spotless skin and heaps of makeup. What we instead see is a woman who is standing strong against all the lemons life is throwing at her, and that, dear readers, is where we’ve got a new definition of beauty. This movie deserves a watch for this refined understanding of beauty, doesn’t it?
Watch it for Laxmi Aggarwal aka Malti
Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak is based on the real-life events of Laxmi Aggarwal, who is an acid attack survivor. It is the case that made the sale of acid illegal in India and therefore holds tremendous historic importance.
Some of us would remember this case that shook India to its roots when a 15-year-old was attacked with acid in open streets for refusing to marry a man. Laxmi remembers the incident recalls how she felt like her whole body was on fire. She could see her skin dripping in her hands and was helplessly crying. Even reading this sends shivers down our spine, doesn’t it?
Stories like these deserve to be seen and heard. This is why you must go and watch Chhapaak, if not for anything, then for that 15-year-old kid whose life became a blur due to an acid attack.
Chhapaak hits the theatres on 10th December 2020. We hope Malti’s story will reach you out and loud!