Deepika Padukone’s upcoming film, ‘Chhapaak’ has been hitting the headlines of late for both good and bad reasons. A day before it’s release the movie has once again found itself in troubled waters. According to reports, Laxmi Agarwal’s lawyer, Aparna Bhat has decided to take legal action against the makers of the Deepika Padukone starrer for omitting to mention her name in the film.
Bhat’s contention is that the filmmakers have not given due acknowledgement to her in the film’s credits.
Taking to her facebook handle, she wrote that she is deeply disturbed by the fact she has not been given any credit in ‘Chhapaak’. The lawyer claimed in the post that she would take legal action to protect her identity and preserve her integrity.
Elaborating further, she mentioned that although she cannot match the power of producer Deepika but won’t keep silent about it.
She wrote, “Have never been the one to demand attention to my work. Deeply disturbed by the turn of events post watching Chhapaak. Compelled to take legal action to protect my identity and preserve my integrity. I represented Lakshmi in her criminal trial in Patiala House Courts… tomorrow someone will represent me in my cause…Ironies of life.” She further wrote to take legal action against Deepika and makers and wrote, “I thank all my friends who endorsed my contribution and challenged team Chhapaak in failing to say even “Thank you!!”. I cannot match the powers of these mighty producers of Bollywood but keeping quiet will further endorse injustice. I have decided to take my cause to the next level. Ready to face the consequences.”
The court has now ordered the makers of Chhapaak to give credit to Aparna Bhat before the release.
This is the second controversy that has erupted about ‘Chhapaak’ within the span of a single day. Earlier on Wednesday, social media and WhatsApp were flooded with the rumour that the name of the real-life acid attacker was changed from Naeem Khan to Rajesh in the film, in order to protect the culprit’s religious identity.
Directed by Meghna Gulzar, ‘Chhapaak’ stars Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey in the lead roles. It will hit the theatres tomorrow on January 10, 2020.