Chhapaak movie review: Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar take us through an ‘acid’ test of a scarring issue | Bollywood Life

Chhapaak movie review: Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar take us through an ‘acid’ test of a scarring issue | Bollywood Life

Films based on social issues or even women’s issues for that matter aren’t new to Bollywood. They’ve been existing since the inception of Hindi cinema with films like Achhut Kanya and have found a special place in the hearts of Hindi movie-buffs with gems like Mirch Masala, Chandni Bar and Mrityudand. However, very few of those gems glitter enough like Mother India, Damini, Queen, Mardaani and Pink to bridge the gap between the mainstream audience and hardcore film-buffs. In fact, only Mother Indian and Damini among these managed to compete with the biggest massy films of their time on the strength of footfalls alone, leave along their quality. So, where does Chhapaak fall as the newest entrant in this list? Let’s find out. Scroll down to read our Chhapaak movie review.Related StoriesGulzar reveals why he is being selective in choosing projectsChhapaak trends on twitter as acid attacker’s name is allegedly changed from Nadeem Khan to RajeshBharat Bandh: Film and TV shoots remained unaffectedWhat’s it about The trailer made it pretty evident that the Chhapaak movie tells the harrowing real-life tale of acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal (name changed to Malti), played by Deepika Padukone. We’re taken through the actual incident, its aftermath, the years of uphill battle faced by Malti and other victims like her to bring about change as well as the events leading to the fateful event when her life was put through hell.What’s hot Meghna Gulzar’s direction is again on point with Chhapaak throwing up several moments how we, as a society, keep failing our victims instead of their perpetrators. Several subtle instance of a glance here or a comment there or a reaction out of nowhere make us sit up and take notice of how we’re responsible for not ending a victim’s trauma. This is all down to Meghna’s vice-like grip over her craft as a filmmaker. She’s helped by some solid editing by Nitin Baid as also by Malay Prakash’s simplistic yet assured camerawork. Vikrant Massey, Madhurjeet Sarghi, Rohit Sukhwami and Devas Dixit shine among the cast members who bring the distressing albeit topical story to life.What’s not While Meghna is as good as she’s ever been as a Director, she (along with cowriter Atika Chohan) misses the mark at several instances as a writer (the dialogues are good through). The script is strictly and surprisingly by-the-numbers stuff (something you’d never have expected from the maker of Talvar and Raazi) and Chhapaak’s screenplay’s graph is pretty uneven at several key junctures, not to mention the pacing issue in the first half and lack of back story of Malti’s perp. Deepika Padukone, too, despite doing an earnest job of a tough role for the most part, misses the bus when she needed to be right on money at certain during certain intense sequences. Together, these factors dilute the impact of the film somewhat — you like what you see, you applaud the intent, but all along, you feel that there could’ve been something more. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy also let you down with both their songs and background score.BL Verdict Chhapaak serves as a necessary, if not great watch. You leave the theatre feeling that you’ve been dished out a decent film on a pertinent subject that had the potential to be better. I’m going with 3 out of 5 stars.Rating :3 out of 5ByRussel D’SilvaPublished: January 8, 2020 11:50 PM ISTFollow us onGoogle NewsChhapaakDeepika PadukoneMeghna GulzarVikrant Massey Comments – Join the Discussion

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