Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone has cancelled the promotional event of her upcoming film Chhapaak amidst the ongoing protests against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. The actress was a speaker on Day 2 of Agenda AajTak 2019, held in Delhi, when she and director Meghna Gulzar made the announcement.
“We believe that it will be insensitive on our part to promote our film at a time when the nation and the city is going through an emotional upheaval and unrest. We pray for peace and harmony and regret the inconvenience caused by our absence but we hope you will understand,” said a statement from the actor-director duo.
Deepika Padukone is one of the most prominent actors of Bollywood and her silence on the current issue has been conspicuous. Several professionals from her fraternity including actors like Farhan Akhtar, Richa Chaddha, Swara Bhaskar, Sayani Gupta, Parineeti Chopra, Dia Mirza, veteran writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, filmmakers Anurag Kashyap, Anubhav Sinha and others have come out in support of the students of Jamia Millia Islamia against the police crackdown against the students inside the university’s library and campus.
Directed by Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Written by Meghna Gulzar and Atika Chohan, the film is produced by Fox Star Studios, Deepika Padukone, Govind Singh Sandhu, and Meghna Gulzar. Deepika Padukone will play Malti, a character inspired by Agarwal whereas Vikrant Massey will be seen as Amol, a social activist (and later Malti’s partner) inspired by the real life character of Alok Dixit.
The film is scheduled to be theatrically released in India on 10 January next year.