Deepika Padukone and Laxmi Agarwal. (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Deepika Padukone turned a year older today and is celebrating her 34th birthday with acid attack survivors in Lucknow. Joining Deepika was her director Meghana Gulzar and co-star Vikrant Massey. Laxmi Agarwal, whose journey has inspired the story of her upcoming film Chhapaak, has also joined the actress. Deepika spent some time with acid attack survivors at a cafe run by them and also posed for pictures.
A picture from the event is going viral in which Deepika and Laxmi are seen sharing a priceless moment. While Deepika looks gorgeous in a cream saree, Laxmi is seen sitting on her lap. Isn't it adorable?
Revealing her birthday plans, the actress had earlier told HT, "I will be in Lucknow to celebrate the day at a cafe run by acid attack survivors. I will be with them for a day. I have spent a considerable amount of time with many of them during the making of the film. So it was important for me to be with them on my special day."
Talking about the film, Deepika said at an event ''The entire journey was special. I don’t think I can speak of a particular moment or scene as the closest to my heart. I think the entire journey and process has been extremely rewarding. It’s the film I am most proud of, among all that I have done in my career. I am not thinking much about people’s reactions after its release because that is a different aspect, but this film is something I am proud of, and I am proud that the entire team had faith in Meghna’s (Gulzar) vision.''
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@deepikapadukone spends her birthday evening with Meghna Gulzaar, Vikrant Massey and Laxmi aggarwal at SHEROES cafe, along with the benevolent and brave acid attack survivors who work there. What better way to end your birthday evening #deepikapadukone #meghnagulzar #vikrantmassey #chhapaak #bollywood #film #birthday #celebration #paparazzi #manavmanglani @manav.manglani
Apart from acting in the film, Deepika is also donning the producer's hat for the first time.
Laxmi was attacked in 2005 at the age of 15. Laxmi had to undergo several surgeries and later, she took up the job of helping acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop such attacks. The film is all set to hit screens on 10 January, 2020.