Meghna Gulzar announces title of upcoming film with Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey

Director Meghna Gulzar announced the title of her upcoming project starring Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey. The film, based on life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, will be called Chhapaak.

Gulzar had in the past said that the film is an attempt to explore a larger story on acid violence in the country through a real life subject.

Padukone will portray Laxmi onscreen and also produce the film. Chhapaak will showcase her journey in the time after her attack spanning a decade, a significant part of the story is the game-changing PIL in the Supreme Court which inspired the amendment on acid laws in 2013.

Gulzar has recreated real life stories on the big screen with Talvar, a critically-acclaimed film based on 2008 Aarushi-Hemraj twin murders of Noida and this year’s Raazi, starring Alia Bhatt in the lead, which is based on a book inspired by a real-life account of a female spy. The director has another project that will delve into the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

Padukone’s last film was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s blockbuster Padmavaat while Massey was recently seen in the Amazon Prime web series Mirzapur.