Deepika Padukone's recent visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) created quite a storm. While many backed Deepika's move, a few called her out and asked for a boycott on her film Chhapaak. She also came under undue criticism after a report claimed that the name of the antagonist in the film was changed to Rajesh from Nadeem Khan -- from Muslim. Over a lakh tweets had the mention of either Nadeem or Rajesh. So, what's the truth behind it? Has the name really been changed?
Chhapaak is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal whose life changed completely in 2005 after a man named Nadeem Khan hurled acid at her face in New Delhi's Khan Market. Deepika's Malti is modelled on Laxmi.
The attacker in the film is referred to as Bashir Khan aka Babboo. Hence, the above-mentioned claim by anti-social elements has proved to be completely false.
In the film, Rajesh is the name of Malti's friend and the entire controversy around the character’s name is a case of misinformation. Many believed the claim and called for a boycott of the film.
Chhapaak hit the theatres on Friday, and India TV reviewed it as a film that shouldn’t be missed.
Deepika's performance as the acid attack survivor is brilliant, supported beautifully by Vikrant Massey. The must-watch film from Meghna Gulzar got four stars from us.