As Deepika Padukone’s movie Chhapaak released on 10th January, many are curious to know the real girl whose story inspired Deepika Padukone’s Chhapaak Character Malti. She is Laxmi Aggarwal, whose real-life heart-touching story inspired Deepika Padukone & Meghna Gulzar to create Chhapaak.
‘He threw acid on my face, not on my dreams’, said acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal.
Her words are powerful enough to signify Laxmi’s courage and strength.
While sharing the why she named her daughter Pihu, Laxmi shared:
“You know, for the longest time, I didn’t know what to call her. But I realised she likes music. Whenever I sing to her, she seems happy. And then the name popped up just like that, out of the blue, in the washroom of all places! Pihu, because she’s the sweetest sound in my life,”
Unfortunately, Alok and Laxmi separated because of differences and Laxmi received Pihu’s custody.
Laxmi has been an inspiration to many people, yet society hasn’t accepted her.
She has received multiple awards – International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama and walked multiple ramps and even hosted a show.
Yet society hasn’t granted her simple wish to let her live a decent life.
Laxmi was recently in the news when she gave out an interview saying she is finding it difficult to get a job and make ends meet. A beautician by profession, she is unable to find a job because parlors fear that her distorted face will scare off customers.
“I am educated till the 10th standard, but am a trained beautician and can communicate well.
But my face becomes a hurdle when I ask for any job at any beauty parlour, as they say customers will get scared of my looks.
I applied at a call centre and told them that the customers wouldn’t see my face, but they replied that ‘to get a job, I need to have a face to begin with’,”
After reading her agony, Akshay Kumar came forward to support and donated Rs 5 lakh to her.
But, is it about money or is it about the mindset?
Laxmi has always asked the society to accept her and her new life. But society has failed her miserably.
As people will flock to cinema theatres to watch Chappak, we can’t stop ourselves from asking if they will flock to see Deepika or Laxmi?
After watching the movie, will society be able to see the courage and beauty in Laxmi scars?