Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone

A film is based on the real-life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal

Chhapaak, Deepika Padukone

Chhapaak (transl. Splash) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by her as well as Deepika Padukone in collaboration with Fox Star Studios. Based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, it stars Padukone as an acid attack survivor, alongside Vikrant Massey.[2]

The film was announced on 24 December 2018 by Padukone on her Twitter account; it marks her first production venture. Filming took place from March to June 2019 in New Delhi and Mumbai.[3] The film was released in India on 10 January 2020.[4]

Chapaak, Deepika Padukone

Laxmi Agarwal (born 1 June 1990) is an Indian acid attack survivor, a campaigner for rights of acid attack victims and a TV host.[1]

Agarwal was attacked in 2005 at an age of 15, by a 32-year-old man named Naeem Khan [2], whose romantic advances she had rebuffed.[1][3][4] Her story, among others, was told in a series on acid attack victims by Hindustan Times.[5] She has since established grassroots campaigns for tackling the surge of acid attacks; one of her petitions had led the Supreme Court to order the central and state governments to regulate the sale of acid, and the Parliament to enable easier prosecutions of acid attack perpetrators.[1] She was the former director of Chhanv Foundation, a NGO dedicated to help the acid attack survivors in India.[6]

In 2019, she was conferred with the International Women Empowerment Award from Ministry of Women and Child DevelopmentMinistry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Unicef for her campaign of Stop Sale Acid.[7] In 2014, she was conferred with the International Women of Courage award by First Lady Michelle Obama.[1]

Laxmi Agarwal of India

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