After Padmaavat, Deepika Padukone will soon return to engage fans with the story of acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal, in Meghna Gulzar's Chhapaak. A few minutes back, the dimpled beauty shared her first look as Malti from the film and it will give you goosebumps, as the actress has a striking resemblance to Laxmi.
Sharing the first look with her fans, Deepika announced the release of the film as well. Unveiling the look she wrote, "A character that will stay with me forever... #Malti. Shoot begins today #Chhapaak. Releasing 10th January, 2020." Check out her first look from the film below:
Earlier, talking about choosing Deepika to play the acid attack survivor, Meghna had told Bombay Times, “I was instinctively convinced that Deepika would do justice to the character and the story. Also, her physicality matched with what I’d imagined for Laxmi’s character. I’m grateful and encouraged that she was so spontaneous in her decision to do the film. When you take a face as beautiful as hers and portray her as an acid attack survivor, the magnitude of the violence and damage is that much more resounding.”
Apart from Deepika, who is collaborating for the first time with Meghna and is co-producing the film as well, Half Girlfriend actor Vikrant Massey has also been roped in to play the actress' partner Alok Dixit. "The cast is slowly coming together. Vikrant is somebody I’ve wanted to work with since Raazi, after seeing him in A Death in the Gunj. In the film, he plays a North Indian boy who used to be a professional before he decided to become an activist, then, started a campaign against acid violence which is how he came to meet Laxmi in real life. I speak for both Deepika and myself when I say that we are both really excited to have Vikrant play this part.” Meghna had told Mumbai Mirror. a few weeks back, on selecting Massey for the role.