Deepika Padukone made her debut on TikTok during promotions of recently released film Chhapaak. And, her TikTok videos garnered millions of views in no time. One of her videos, however, triggered a controversy and netizens began slamming Deepika for her 'insensitivity'.
The said video apparently had Deepika discussing her 'Chhapaak look' -- which in other words can be referred to as the look with prosthetic portraying her as an acid attack survivour. In the video, Deepika challenges a TikTok user who goes by the name @faby_makeupartist to recreate her three favourite looks. "I want to challenge Faby with three of my most favourite looks," the actress tells the user, who then goes on to recreate Deepika's Om Shanti Om, Piku and Chhapaak looks.
Faby rapidly creates all three looks on herself, with peppy music in the background. Deepika was perhaps trying to convey that these three roles are close to her heart. However, this didn't go down well with the netizens.
Kangana Ranaut, who is not known to be in great terms with Deepika, also called her out for the video. The actress said that her sister Rangoli Chandel, an acid attack survivour, got upset with the video. She said Deepika must apologise as there is no harm in doing that. Everyone makes mistakes but as a human, it is important to redeem oneself, she added.
"My sister was very hurt with that video. I am sure Deepika must have an explanation for that why and how, what circumstances, because sometimes marketing teams plan things in a way and we don’t have time to go exactly into the depths of that. But people who are hurt with this, like my sister, must be apologised to and it's not a make-up look and nobody should try and achieve it with make-up products''.
"That kind of insensitivity should be apologised for and there is no harm in doing that. We all make mistakes, don’t we. We are all humans, but what is important is that you redeem yourself and apologise,'' Kangana told indiatoday.in.
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The Twitterverse also had varying reactions to the video.
"And just when we thought that @deepikapadukone couldn’t mock Lakshmi anymore through her PR stunts in JNU she comes up with tick tok challenge on acid attack victims. Gross." read a tweet.
Honestly expected @deepikapadukone who has been through her own mental breakdowns to be more sensitive. But clearly..no.— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) January 18, 2020
You do a movie on a acid attack victim, cry in every other promotional event n now this below the belt challenge where a acid attack face is her fav! https://t.co/dwqqwDuD2q
''No @deepikapadukone.This promo isn't cool or cute. It's insensitive & ghastly. The movie wasn't about you & your make up. It was about a woman scarred for life.And victims like her,whose marks can't be wiped off,unlike your make up. You lost the plot,alas,'' wrote a Twitter user.
No @deepikapadukone.This promo isn't cool or cute. It's insensitive & ghastly.— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) January 18, 2020
The movie wasn't about you & your make up. It was about a woman scarred for life.And victims like her,whose marks can't be wiped off,unlike your make up.
You lost the plot,alas. https://t.co/9Zt8XEmSqI
''So “Acid Attacked Face” has now become challenge now. This is the worst kind of a promotion by @deepikapadukone. Shame on you,'' wrote a user.