The film had to suffer losses due to actress Deepika Padukone reaching JNU before the release of the 2020 film ‘Chhapaak’. This was revealed by the film’s director Meghna Gulzar. In fact, 3 days before the release of this film, the ‘Bajirao Mastani’ star reached JNU. There he showed solidarity with the Tukde-Tukde gang protesting against the CAA. After this, he was heavily criticized on social media and the demand for a boycott of the film started trending.
Let us tell you that the film ‘Chhapaak’ is based on the life of Lakshmi Aggarwal, an acid attack survivor and one who raised her voice for the rights of acid attack victims. The film is directed by Meghna Gulzar. However, even after this ‘Chhapaak’ did nothing at the box office.
Now the film’s director Meghna Gulzar admitted to Express Adda on Monday (October 27, 2023) that Deepika’s controversial visit to JNU just three days before the film’s release affected the film. He admitted that due to Deepika going to JNU, the audience watching the film had already made assumptions about it. Because of this the film business lost.
Meghna continued, “I’m sure the answer is very clear. Yes, of course, it affects the film. Since the conversation shifted from acid violence, it obviously affected the film. There is no doubt about it. “
Let us tell you that Deepika Padukone participated in a protest at Jawaharlal Nehru University on January 7, 2020, three days before the release of Chhapaak, in response to the 2020 attack on JNU and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. .
There he openly came out in support of leftist students. He also participated in JNU protests. Padukone further said that she is proud of the fact that now people are raising their voices without fear.
It created an uproar on social media. Then the hashtags #BoycottChhapaak and #BlockDeepika trended heavily on Twitter. Just a year after a huge uproar over it, Deepika Padukone deleted all posts on her social media accounts on the first day of the New Year in 2021.
It is noteworthy that Deepika Padukone took her first step in film making with ‘Chhapaak’ as co-producer of Fox Star Studios, Govind Singh Sandhu and Meghna Gulzar. This film was made at a cost of Rs 50 crore, but it failed to recover its cost. This film earned only Rs 55.44 crore at the box office.
Perhaps at that time Deepika felt that going to JNU would benefit her film, but her strategy overshadowed the film itself. This is confirmed by the revelations of the film’s director Meghna Gulzar.
Let us tell you that Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming film ‘Sam Bahadur’ is all set to hit the theaters on December 1 and it will clash with Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal. Vicky Kaushal plays the role of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in this film. The film shows the important role of Manekshaw in the victory of India during the war of 1971. Only after this war, Bangladesh separated from Pakistan and became a new country.
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