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While Chhapaak is a movie that deserves all the applause it is getting, it doesn't seem to be a movie made for everyone. Here are five reasons why.
Deepika’s ‘Chhapaak’ will chill you to the bone and shake your core. But sure, movies should be only entertainment, no? So why would you watch it anyway?
Deepika Padukone starrer and Meghna Gulzar’s directorial movie, Chhapaak was already making news before hitting the theatres. What with its extremely sensitive subject and how it’d been taken up with such grit and courage.
But before you read on the full post, let me alert you that this is NOT a review of the movie. I don’t think a project like Chhapaak that cares to step beyond the conventional boundaries of cinema deserves anything but applause.
For those of you planning to watch the movie, go with a strong heart. The pain of Malti, portrayed by Deepika, is not an easy watch. It will shake you to the core, bring a cyclone of emotions and even leave you paralysed for a fraction of time.
However, there are a few (not so great) reasons for why this film is definitely not for everyone. Here is why-
Yes, a number of us may be the biggest Bollywood fans who are unable to resist the OTT action, music and dance. Chhapaak, however, has none of this. The film has good music and incredible lyrics, but not the glitzy show.
Go to the theatre with no masala expectations and you will be amazed by the performances and the hard-hitting reality the movie shows.
Undoubtedly, one of the most gorgeous faces in the industry, Deepika’s fans are bound to be disappointed by her not-so-glam avatar in the movie. At the same time, in the movie, she has proven her mettle through her performance.
And believe me you will not miss her enigmatic persona on the screen. After watching Chhapaak, everyone will definitely be a huge Deepika fan!
The movie may be very well made but it, too, has its flaws. In places, it feels unnecessarily stretched. While in others, you crave to see Malti’s personal struggle instead of the court battles.
For the movie critics, there would be several other gaps to highlight, but that is okay. As long as you are ready to accept and look at the larger issue being highlighted.
Saluting the spirit of the acid attack survivors is something that stayed with me long after I left the movie theatre. And I think that is much more important.
While it is a film based on the horrible crime of acid attack and portrays the struggles of the survivor, it is not really an emotional drama. The narration of the tragic circumstances and the trauma that followed is something the audience can relate with. It is an emotional roller coaster that the victim goes through and the film makes sure that you go through it with the survivors. But all this is done in a very balanced and subtle manner.
There is no background music, no unwanted tears or heavy dialogues. It is a seamless depiction of the human emotions- of pain, anger, joy and love. There is nothing more or nothing less than that.
There has already been a lot of gossip and rumours about the movie. People have had all sorts of opinions on the ‘what, why and how’ of Chhapaak. They also went on and on about publicity stunts – including the leading star’s appearance in a recent protest gathering.
Yes, all of us have the right to express our political views. To protest anything and everything that stands against our ideologies or hurts our sentiments. But a similar right applies to others too and that doesn’t make them bad or evil.
Most importantly, this movie is based on a dreadful issue that is unfortunately still prevalent in our society. It is as important as many other burning problems around us. There could be nothing more frivolous than boycotting Chhapaak for mere political differences.
I watched Chhapaak and did not regret a single moment of being in the cinema hall. But if some of us have better (read worse) reasons to ditch it, then sure, don’t go for it. There will be thousands of Maltis who’ll continue fighting the demons and paving their path to dignity, regardless of our decision to watch a film.
Just to bring to your notice ‘There are 250 to 300 acid attacks reported in India every year, despite laws restricting the sale of acid or other deadly chemicals.’
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Chetan Bhagat had no business slut shaming Uorfi Javed or any other woman. If he wants to 'guide' young men in the 'right direction' then he should take accountability for his words.
Chetan Bhagat, one of India’s bestselling authors, thought it was an ingenious idea to slut-shame Uorfi Javed, an Indian actress and influencer, at the Sahitya Aaj Tak literature festival.
“Phone has been a great distraction for the youth, especially the boys, spending hours just watching Instagram Reels. Everyone knows who Uorfi Javed is. What will you do with her photos? Is it coming in your exams or you will go for a job interview and tell the interviewer that you know all her outfits? On one side, there is a youth who is protecting our nation at Kargil and on another side, we have another youth who is seeing Uorfi Javed’s photos hiding in their blankets.”
Uorfi Javed responded with a video on her Instagram stories calling out Bhagat’s bluff. She shared the screenshots of his previous chat conversations with Ira Trivedi, author and yoga instructor, which came to light during the #MeToo movement.
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Yesterday, I was watching these 4 young girls around 16 – 17 years old play badminton. They were having fun, goofing around with all 4 of them equally involved in the game.
In some time two of their male friends joined them, and as part of round robin, the 2 boys replaced two of the girls. All good.
As the play continued, I started noticing a change in the way the game was being played. The shuttle was played most of the times between the two boys and there was a sense of competition and aggression brought in. The other 2 girls playing soon starting losing interest in the game as they hardly got any game time. Even if the shuttle came towards them, the boy in their team would move and play that shot. They soon moved to the sidelines as the boys continued to play.
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