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Chhapaak (transl.?Splash) is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language drama film directed by Meghna Gulzar and produced by Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar in collaboration with Fox Star Studios. Based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, it stars Padukone as an acid attack survivor alongside Vikrant Massey and Madhurjeet Sarghi.[4] The film was Padukone’s first after a two-year gap; she was last seen in Padmaavat.[5]

The film was announced on 24 December 2018 by Padukone on her Twitter account; it marks her first production venture. Filming took place from March to June 2019 in New Delhi and Mumbai.[6]

The film was theatrically released in India on 10 January 2020.[7] The film was allowed by the government to be exhibited without payment of taxes in the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.[8][9][10] It received positive reviews from critics but did not perform well commercially.[11][12]

Malti falls victim to an acid attack and is forced to go through the ordeal of a court procedure while trying to heal mentally. In the process, she decides to fight for justice for those like herself.

Release date: 10 January 2020 (India)

DirectorMeghna Gulzar

Box office: est. ?554.4 million

Budget: ?35–45 crore

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