The wait is over for fans who couldn't wait to see the beautiful Deepika Padukone portray the role of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal as Malti in Meghna Gulzarâ€™s next Chhapaak and courtesy industry expert Ramesh Bala here it is. Over the past six months, Deepika and Meghna have had various look tests, readings and have been busy with the casting. Deepika gave her nod to the film instantly when Meghna approached her with the subject. The shooting for the film began in Delhi on Monday.
Here is @deepikapadukone 's FL as Acid Attack Survivor from the movie #Chhapaakâ€” Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) March 25, 2019
She plays a character #Malti - Based on the true story of Acid Attack Survivor/Activist #LaxmiAgarwal
Shooting starts today in Delhi.. #MeghnaGulzar directs.. pic.twitter.com/jQ1WmAWafK
Meghna, who is riding high on the success of Raazi, had said that Deepika will be seen in heavy prosthetics in the film, which serves as the actorâ€™s follow-up toÂ Padmaavat. â€œYou wonâ€™t be seeing Deepika, you know. You will be seeing a disfigured Deepika. There is an uncanny similarity between the survivor and Deepika,â€ Meghna had said at an event in Chennai recently.
Deepika had last week shared a new behind-the-scenes picture from ChhapaakÂ which shows her at a table read session with her co-star Vikrant Massey and directorÂ Meghna Gulzar. They are joined by noted lyricist and Meghnaâ€™s father, Gulzar. â€œAll things are ready, if our mind be so,â€ Deepika quoted William Shakespeare in the caption.
Chhapaak is based on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, who has previously voiced her approval of Deepika being chosen to play her. â€œI am so happy that Deepika is playing the role. I have no right to judge her. How can I judge someone for something which I canâ€™t do. She has played wonderful characters on screen and I believe she will give her best. I want to thank Deepika ji, Meghna ji and the entire team who will be working together on the film,â€ she said as quoted by a leading daily.
The movie is close to the actressâ€™ heart as it marks her foray into production under her banner KA Entertainment. Chhapaak, produced by Fox Star Studios, Deepika Padukoneâ€™s KA Entertainment and Meghna Gulzarâ€™s Mriga Films, is all set to hit the theatres on January 10, 2020.