Acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal’s lawyer to take legal action against ‘Chhapaak’

Acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal’s lawyer to take legal action against ‘Chhapaak’

Deepika Padukone with Laxmi Agarwal. — AFP file photo

Tribune Web Desk

Chandigarh, January 8

Deepika Padukone-starrer ‘Chhapaak’ faces a controversy ahead of its Friday release.

The film is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Now, Aparna Bhat, the lawyer who represented Laxmi in her criminal trial in Patiala House Courts, has said she will take legal action as the film makers have not mentioned her name in the film or given her credit.

Bhat, in Facebook post, said: “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.”

In another post, she 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.”

On Tuesday evening, Deepika made a surprise visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University to express solidarity with the students who had been attacked.

Since then Deepika Padukone has been the cynosure of national attention, earning bouquets but also brickbats as various people, including politicians, faced off against each other.

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