It was Deepika Padukone’s show all the way at the trailer launch of Chhapaak on Tuesday,and no two ways about it.
A lot of people who love Deepika’s supremely sterling performance in the trailer(and on stage where she broke down and wept bitterly) were left wondering why the real acid victim Laxmi Aggarwal on whom the film is based was missing from the trailer launch.
More than anyone else this film a tribute to the real-life acid-attack victim’s brave and determined fight for justice. So why was Ms Malti Aggarwal not present at an event that was essentially honouring her?
Sources in the know say, Malti was not even invited for the event.
“I think the producers wanted this to be Deepika Padukone’s moment.No distractions. Sadly this meant,leaving out the one person to whom this matters the most,” says the source.
We do hope the producers of Chhapaak would make a note of how sorely Ms Laxmi Aggarwal was missed at the launch function and ensure that she is asked to participate in future promotional activities for Chhapaak. Without the real Malti(Laxmi’s character has been re-named in the film) the film’s promotions look like a birthday party without a cake.