Chhapaak (transl. Splash) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language drama movie directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by her in addition to Deepika Padukone in collaboration with Fox Star Studios. Primarily based on the lifetime of Laxmi Agarwal, it stars Padukone as an acid assault survivor, alongside Vikrant Massey.
The movie was introduced on 24 December 2018 by Padukone on her Twitter account; it marks her first manufacturing enterprise. Filming befell from March to June 2019 in New Delhi and Mumbai. Days earlier than the movie‘s launch, Padukone visited college students who had been brutalised through the 2020 JNU Assault, a political act, which led to a divided response on Twitter. A number of right-wing magazines later wrongly reported that the faith of the acid thrower within the movie was modified from a Muslim right into a Hindu character. The movie was theatrically launched on 10 January 2020. It obtained optimistic opinions from critics.
The movie relies on the real-life story of acid assault survivor Laxmi Agarwal.
Deepika Padukone as Malti
Vikrant Massey as Amol
Madhurjeet Sarghi as Archana Bajaj
Anand Tiwari as Bajaj’s husband
Vaibhavi Upadhyaya as Minakshi
Payal Nair as Shiraz
Vishal Dahiya as Basheer Shaikh, the acid attacker
Ankit Bisht as Rajesh
On 10 December 2019, the official trailer was launched by Fox Star Studios. The movie is scheduled to launch in theatres on 10 January 2020 in India.
On 7 January 2020, Padukone joined a protest-gathering at Jawaharlal Nehru College in opposition to the 2020 JNU Assault and passage of CAA 2019. Bharatiya Janata Celebration’s scholar wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad is blamed for the assault. The go to angered BJP leaders who expressed it in social media. Quickly sufficient, the hashtags BoycottChhapaak and BlockDeepika started trending in Indian Twitter with members of the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Celebration contributing in its proliferation. In response, ISupportDeepika was floated which gained larger traction and by the top of the day, her follower rely had elevated considerably. Actor Varun Dhawan talked about comparable requires boycott of his movie Dilwale, and acknowledged that the boycott could harm the enterprise, so it’s used as a scare techniques meant to forestall individuals from expressing their opinion in public. He supported Deepika in condemning the assaults stating it’s fallacious to not do it.
On eight January, social media customers criticized the filmmaker Meghna Gulzar alleging that she modified the identify and faith of the characters within the movie. A number of right-wing magazines, Swarajya and Opindia wrongly reported that the identify of the attacker who was a Muslim in actual life, was become a Hindu identify “Rajesh”, within the movie. BJP MP and Minister of State for Surroundings, Forest and Local weather Change Babul Supriyo referred to as the change deliberate and “absolute hypocrisy”. BJP MP from South Delhi, Ramesh Bidhuri made calls to public for a boycott of the film.  BJP MP Subramanian Swamy referred to as it a defamation and knowledgeable authorized motion in opposition to the makers for this.Mumbai Mirror reported that in previous the filmmakers making movies primarily based on actual life incidents had the freedom to vary the names in addition to the storyline of their movies. The go to to JNU by Deepika was seen by Mumbai Mirror as the explanation for an aggressive stand was taken in opposition to the movie. These claims had been debunked by the co founding father of Newslaundry Abhinandan Sekhri, who had watched a particular screening of the movie Chhapaak in Delhi. He acknowledged that the claims of the attacker belonging to the Hindu faith had been false, because the film confirmed him as a Muslim. Journalist Radhika Sharma from PTI reported that Rajesh was the identify of Malti’s boyfriend. The acid attacker was referred to as Bashir Khan urf Babboo within the movie.
Advocate Aparna Bhat, who represented Agarwal within the case fought at Patiala Home Courts, pursued authorized motion in opposition to the makers for not mentioning her within the movie, “to guard her id and protect her integrity”.
On the assessment aggregator web site Rotten Tomatoes, the movie holds a score of 82% primarily based on 11 opinions. Teo Bugbee of The New York Occasions reviewed that Chhapaak “succeeds in balancing extremes. It’s directly a delightful and buoyant inspirational story, and a practical depiction of the brutal aftermath of acid assaults.” Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Specific credited the movie for portraying “drama with out dreaded melodrama” and highlighted Padukone’s “strong, realised efficiency” to be its prime asset. Writing for The Hindu, Namrata Joshi summarised that “Padukone’s efficiency and Meghna Gulzar’s route make sure that Chhapaak is sort of a splash that leaves you misty with feelings, if not solely drenched”. Ankur Pathak of HuffPost labelled it “a quietly highly effective social commentary, a movie that by no means means that you can be snug” and regarded Padukone’s efficiency to be a profession greatest.
Uday Bhatia of Mint wrote that it “earnestly highlights a depressingly frequent horror”, including that it “offers squarely with its topic with out fairly transcending it”. In a blended assessment, Anupama Chopra praised Padukone’s efficiency however added that the movie “hovers dangerously near changing into a public service announcement. The messaging turns into larger than the film, which reduces the influence“. Conversely, Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com counseled Gulzar for documenting “Chhapaak’s grim actuality barefacedly with out dropping sight of its character’s quiet dedication to struggle the explanations that make such heinous crimes attainable within the first place”.
Chhapaak earned ₹4.77 crore on the home field workplace on its opening day.