Movie Review: Chhapaak (2020)

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CHHAPAAK is the story of an acid attack survivor. The year is 2005. Malti (Deepika Padukone) is a 19 year old girl who gets attacked by acid on a street in Delhi. A good Samaritan takes her to the hospital. Her face is irreparably burnt, with no chance of it getting back to its original form. Malti however is determined to get the perpetrator behind the bars. Despite difficulty in speaking at the time of the tragedy, she manages to tell the cops that the attacker is Basheer Shaikh aka Babbu (Vishal Dahiya) and her sister Parveen. The cops arrest both and Babbu confesses that he indeed got the acid thrown on Malti. Shockingly, Babbu was a family friend of Malti’s and even made the rounds of the hospital to visit her, post the attack. In the court, Malti’s lawyer Archana Bajaj (Madhurjeet Sarghi) gives a tough fight but Babbu manages to seek bail on some grounds or the other. Archana stresses on maximum punishment though the law is not clear on acid attacks specifically. This prompts Malti to also file a PIL, asking for ban on the easy availability of acids. What happens next forms the rest of the film.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
5.0 “Deepika Delivers A National Award Worthy Performance In This Film That Will Move You To Tears”
4.0 “Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak is not the kind of film you walk out feeling entertained or ecstatic about”
4.0 “CHHAPAAK painfully confronts a devastating truth and it’s heartfelt throughout.”
4.0 “Deepika Padukone shines in this celebration of the unflinching resolve of a woman”
4.0 “Deepika Padukone makes you scream, cry and laugh in New Year blockbuster”
4.0 “Deepika Padukone makes a splash in real life drama”
3.5 “Chhapaak means ‘splash’ and the film with its powerful message is likely to make a splash too. “
3.5 “Deepika Padukone delivers a solid performance”
3.5 “Deepika Padukone as Malti in Chhapaak will Stir Your Innermost Soul!”
3.5 “Deepika Padukone takes you out of your comfort zone”
3.5 “Chhaapak is a sensitive film with a delicate, yet powerful, handling of a heinous crime against women, and an important story that needs to be heard.”
3.5 “This Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey-starrer manages a narrative that’s more sensitive than exploitative”
3.5 “With another mature, cause-based film in her kitty, Meghna Gulzar has once again shown it’s possible to marry art with mart.”
3.5 “Deepika Padukone Stars in a Film with Flimsy Script but a Sound Message”
3.0 “Deepika Padukone’s All Heart Performance Makes The Film A Hindi Cinema Milestone”
3.0 “Deepika Padukone-Starrer Isn’t Going To Be An Easy Watch!”
3.0 “Vikrant Massey’s film isn’t easy to watch & that is exactly why you should go for it”
DNA India
3.0 “Deepika Padukone Manages To Move The Human In You!”
3.0 “Deepika Padukone shines in this evocative story of triumph”
Average Reviews
2.5 “CHHAPAAK is a brave attempt at highlighting an issue and the crime that exists in our society.”
2.5 “Deepika Padukone’s acid attack saga has its moments, but not enough”
Negative Reviews

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