Hope Chhapaak is not categorised as a 'woman-centric' film, says director Meghna Gulzar at trailer launch

Press Trust of India

Dec 11, 2019 09:41:54 IST

Actor Deepika Padukone broke down at the trailer launch of her upcoming film Chhapaak on Tuesday, saying she was at a loss for words about the movie where she plays an acid attack survivor.

The actor called the film, directed by Meghna Gulzar, her career's most special project. It is based on the real-life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

After the trailer launch, Deepika was called on stage but could not hold back her tears.

 Hope Chhapaak is not categorised as a woman-centric film, says director Meghna Gulzar at trailer launch

Still from Chhapaak trailer. YouTube

"I had only thought that the trailer would be shown and we will come on the stage but I didn't think I would have to speak about it too once on the stage. Whenever I watch the trailer, I... Can we talk about this later? I am really sorry," Deepika said.

Meghna, who was standing next to Deepika, said the actor had not seen the complete trailer earlier, which is why she felt overwhelmed. The director also requested the photographers to not click Deepika's pictures as she tried to compose herself.

The 33-year-old actor later said she instantly had an emotional connection with the story, which is rare to come across in an artiste''s career.

"Usually, you have to sit through the entire process and have to decide whether you want to do a film or not, and it's not often where you know instantly in first minutes of meeting a director that this is what you want to commit your life to and Chhapaak is that for me," Deepika said.

She thanked Meghna for trusting her with the role and hoped the film will have an impact on the audience.

"It's been an incredible journey, emotionally, putting it together and I feel like, irrespective of how it's received and how it does, it will be the most special film of my career and I truly hope all of you see..."

"The impact that the film is supposed to have on all of us and the reason why I have made this movie, I hope you see in it what we saw. We have made it with a lot of love, passion, enthusiasm and responsibility," Deepika added.

Gulzar, known for sensitive depiction of complex issues in films such as Filhaal and Raazi, said her next was an urgent and relevant story in today's context.

"It is relevant in today's times given the situation of women in the country right now. I'm happy Deepika has given her face for Malti and completely let Malti take over."

"I have a request that do not categorise Chhapaak as women-centric film. My stories do have stronger female characters, unlike our conventional films. But they are not the stories of only one woman. I''m really hoping that my films say a lot more than being just a woman-oriented story," Meghna told reporters during the trailer launch.

Meghna said as a filmmaker, her endeavour is to be honest to her craft and do her job with sincerity.

"I choose stories which resonate with me. I go purely by instinct. I never think like, ''Now I want to make a sensitive film so I will look for a sensitive topic or how will I make it commercial?''

"I tell a story with as much honesty and authenticity as possible, and whether or not it''ll be a commercial film is not in my hands. Nobody sets out to make a failure or a flop film. We all want our films to do well. I just want to work with absolute honesty," she added.

Written by Atika Chohan, Chhapaak is scheduled to be released on 10 January.

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2019 09:41:54 IST