When the first trailer of Megha Gulzar’s anxiously-awited bio-pic on acid-attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal made its appearance , people wondered why the real-life survivor was not to be seen anywhere.
Wagging tongues were hastily shut with assurances from the production team that the real MsAggarwal would show up sooner rather than later at the promotions of Chhapaak. But now the film’s release is around the corner.
And there is no sign of Laxmi Aggarwal at any of the promotions! Far from it. Instead the production team is sending out press hints to the media that the film is NOT about just Laxmi but several other acid-attack survivors.
“Bunk!” expostulates a source in the know. “They took Laxmi Aggarwal into confidence before making Chhapaak, told her it is her story and paid her a pittance which is now not acceptable to the real-life acid survivor. Laxmi has therefore dissociated herself from the project.” The other explanation for the valorous Ms Aggarwal’s absence from Chhapaak events is that the producers have taken a call to keep her out.
“The team, and that included Deepika Padukone who is also a producer on Chhapaak ,has decided to keep the attention restricted to Deepika. They don’t want Laxmi Aggarwal to divert the public’s attention from the star,” says another source.
It is to be noted that that Deepika was not happy when she had to share the success of Pikuwith Mr Amitabh Bachchan. In fact she did not invite Mr B for her Piku success party. She later claimed it was an oversight.
A bit like not inviting Shah Jahan for the opening of the Taj Mahal, no?