Deepika Padukone, who is busy promoting her upcoming film Chhapaak, has been headlining for her presence at the JNU campus in solidarity with students, protesting over the attack that left many injured.
While the social media society is divided by Padukone’s stance, raising question as to what she supports, now her film Chhapaak is under scanner for the alleged name change of the acid attack perpetrator in the film.
Chhapaak is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal who was attacked at the age of 15 by a man named Nadeem Khan aka Guddu who was 32-years-old, for rejecting his advances.
It has been rumoured that director Meghna Gulzar has allegedly changed the name of Nadeem to Rajesh instead. Meanwhile Deepika, who essays the role of Laxmi has been named as Malti.
Twitter has reacted to this and here’s what some have said.
If Bollywood makes a movie based on true events of 9/11, they'll portray Osama Bin Laden as Om Prakash Tiwari.— SubbuS (@Subbu_06) January 8, 2020
Has the name of Acid Attack convict been changed from Nadeem Khan to Guddu in Chappak for obvious reasons?— Jiten Gajaria (@jitengajaria) January 8, 2020
Thank God they didn't make a movie on India's partition. Would have changed Jinnah's name to Jeevsnlal
Understand the chronology.— Vishal Pandey ?? (@VishalK03006226) January 8, 2020
- Chhapak film is based on Laxmi Agarwal an acid attack survivor.
- Nadeem Khan is the name of the person who throws acid in real life.
- In film name is changed to Rajesh ... a Hindu name
So Deepika's visit to JNU is not surprising.#DeepikaPadukone pic.twitter.com/QkBmNUKZWL
I hope Deepika Padukone and film makers have used the correct name of Acid Thrower.— Ishkaran Singh Bhandari (@ishkarnBHANDARI) January 8, 2020
The name is Nadeem Khan.
Using other names, especially name used by different religions is grossly wrong & defamatory.
Hey @deepikapadukone what is the name of person in movie who attacked girl ? Heard "Rajesh" instead of Nadeem Khan.. how can you stoop such a low..— Rajkumar (@myPMmyPride) January 8, 2020
How can you portray Hindu name..
Shame on you !!#boycottchhapaak https://t.co/vZh89BZ122
Deepika was in the capital to promote her upcoming release, Meghna Gulzar-directed "Chhapaak".
On Monday, the 34-year-old actor told a news channel that she feels proud that people have come out and raised their voice without fear, in reference to the protests against the amended Citizenship Act, the National Register of Citizens and violence in JNU.
"I feel proud to see that we aren't scared to express ourselves... I think the fact that we are thinking about the country and its future.... Whatever may be our point of view, it's nice to see," Deepika told NDTV India.
"I feel proud about it that people are coming out -- be it on the streets or wherever they are -- they are raising their voice and expressing themselves as it is important. If we want to see change in life and society, it is important that a point of view be put forward," she added.