"Chhapaak": Deepika Padukone To Play Acid Suvivor Laxmi Agarwal, Here Is All You Need To Know About Her Life

Priyansh Ha |Mar 25, 2019

It is a heart-breaking but inspiring journey of a brave and indomitable girl!

Deepika Padukone - starrer Chhapaak which tells the story of an acid attack survivor has just been on floors today. Sharing her look on the social media today, Deepika has left her fans and netizens surprised as it was an incredible transformation for the role.

Helmed by director Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is based on the story of an acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. It is a heart-breaking but inspiring journey of a brave and indomitable girl.

Deepika will be seen playing an acid attack survivor.

Growing up in a middle-class family in Dehli, the 15-year-old girl dreamed of being a singer. She refused to get married to a 32-year-old man named Naeem Khan. Being disagree with her solid decision, that man kept stalking her, and on a random day in 2005, his evil act has changed her life forever.

Naeem followed Laxmi to a bookshop in Khan Market, accosted and attacked her with acid. It was so abrupt and painful that the small girl fell on the street. It was a while after that when a taxi came and rushed her to the Safdarjung hospital.

Talking in an interview years after the incident, Laxmi said that it was like setting her whole body on fire. “The skin was just coming off; it was like dripping, from my hands, and my face." It must be sheer torture which not only destroys her body but her soul.

According to the survivor, it took her three months and several surgeries to get back to a healthy state. However, there are things which can never be returned.

As there were no mirrors around her, the girl tried to catch her reflection on the water bowl. The only thing she found is a glimpse of her bandaged face. When she finally saw her face clearly, it was a moment of devastation which left her speechless.

Laxmi and her daughter Pihu.

Laxmi And The Battle For Justice

Despite the terrible attack which destroyed her beautiful face, Laxmi was too strong and courageous. One year after the incident, Laxmi filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court and requested for a complete ban on commercial acid. Her efforts were paid off that in 2013, the court approved her request to restrict the sale of acid. On the same year, she became a part of the Stop Acid Attacks campaign which is founded by Ashish Shukla and Alok Dixit.

Her inspiring story has gone rival, and the small girl became the voice of acid attack survivors. Former First Lady Michelle Obama honoured Lakmi with the International Women of Courage Award. She deserves to be recognized for her selfless advocation and courageous for human rights.

Fortune smiles upon her when she met and fell in love with Alok during her time working in Stop Acid Attacks. The couple agreed with a live-in relationship instead of getting married. "We are challenging the society by not getting married. We don’t want people to come to our wedding and comment on my looks," she said in an interview.

However, not so long after their daughter Pihu came, the couple decided to split up due to differences. She, one more time, have to struggle with her life and financial problem. It’s hard for her to make ends meet and to get a job.

Even when she was offered with several jobs on reading news, Laxmi declined it as news lives a short life and its value goes down after time. She expected to get a job from the government so the single mom would be able to bring up her daughter as well as her mother.


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