Deepika will be a revelation in Chhapaak: Meghna
Panaji: Meghna Gulzar came across the "extremely rampant" issue of acid attacks in 2015 and to bring her take on the subject, Chhapaak, on screen, she roped in Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, who she says will be a "revelation" in the film.
The director said she was amazed how quickly Deepika imbibed the nuances of her character Malti, based on acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.
"Deepika is going to be a revelation in Chhapaak. It is a completely different side of Deepika which people will see. When I say that I don't mean just the look or prosthetics, it's also about going into the second level of the character the body language, the gestures and the general energy," said Meghna. The filmmaker said the actor met Laxmi briefly before the shooting began and was able to portray the part with a lot of sensitivity. "It's amazing how quickly she picked up the stuff. Even her smile that she has throughout the film, it's not the Deepika's smile. It's Malti's smile. Somewhere we found a middle path between Deepika's and Laxmi's smile. It's been fulfilling to have had her as a part of this film," she added.