Deepika Padukone's latest movie, Chhapaak seems to have become controversy's favourite child.
First there was Deepika's visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University to stand in solidarity with students who had been attacked, which did not go down well with everyone.
Then, there was the erroneous news report that claimed that the name of the acid-wielding antagonist in the film had been changed from Nadeem Khan to Rajesh.
And now, Padukone and the film are again back in an uncomfortable situation after the actress seemingly issued a 'makeup challenge'.
Acid attack victim is not a 'makeup look'. And certainly, recreating it may be an admirable feat purely from the artistic point of view, but it is definitely not a sensitive approach to take.
Videos that recently surfaced on Twitter, but originated on TikTok, show a makeup artist interacting with Padukone.
"I'm going to challenge Faby (the makeup artist) with three of my most favourite looks..." Deepika can be heard saying in the video.
Taking up the challenge, the TicTok-er goes on to recreate Deepika's looks from Om Shanti Om, Piku and Chhapaak.
Now, while the other two renditions remain on the artist's social media handles, the Chhapaak rendition seems to have been deleted. In fact, the Instagram video posted of her Chhapaak look (the entire transformation was shown) was available while this article was being written, only to disappear abruptly halfway through.
But nothing ever truly disappears on the internet. And what comes on one platform, often makes its way rapidly to others. Social media users uploaded the original TikTok video on Twitter, and we have to add, the reactions were not the most positive.
And just when we thought that @deepikapadukone couldn’t mock Lakshmi anymore through her PR stunts in JNU she comes up with tick tok challenge on acid attack victims. Gross. pic.twitter.com/077Uz7hcEg— CA Smokiee (@SmokingSkills_) January 18, 2020
Take a look at what others on Twitter had to say:
Acid attack survivors’ faces aren’t “looks” for makeup artists to try on for a few minutes to showcase their talent. There are endless “looks” for them to try & experiment, trauma however isn’t one. Deepika Padukone’s PR team really out here being insensitive for TIK TOK, gross.— x (@krownnist) January 18, 2020
The problem with Deepika Padukone endorsing a makeup challenge on Chhapak is that she treated it as one of her “looks” and dismissed the entire trauma behind it. She proved that it was merely makeup for her & she clearly doesn’t understand the depth of what survivors go through.— x (@krownnist) January 18, 2020
This is just so wrong..An acid attack victim's face is not ur damn makeup look..Deepika is stooping so low in promotions, disgusts me just soo much! https://t.co/sxlcdO1ftm— Ʀ∞paℓ ❀ (@itzme_roopal) January 18, 2020
Take someone’s pain, commercialise it, try to make some filthy lucre, and if that doesn’t work, mock and trivialise it by turning it into a ‘make-up look’! I really thought @deepikapadukone was better than this. Guess I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/UIoI7FQkfj— Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) January 18, 2020
Hey @deepikapadukone, this is not just insensitive, or privileged out of touch behaviour, it's dehumanizing & disrespectful towards women who have been victims to a very cruel form of violence against women.— The Last of Her Name (@Lawandemotions) January 18, 2020
If you didn't get this even after making a movie about this, well... https://t.co/NRjc2NE2TO