"A scene where Amol ( Vikrant Massey ) is pissed and others are trying to melt him. When the words of others fail, Malti 's innocent smile action makes him happy and melts his heart in a minute. This really makes you happy internally and shows the sweetness of their love story. "
Director: Meghna Gulzar
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Vikrant Massey
Chhapaak tells a strong message with strong performances but lacks emotional connection because of its new but ineffective storytelling technique. Chhapaak is the sound of a splash. It’s what you hear when acid hits the skin. Malti a nineteen-year-old girl is scarred by an attacker. Originally, Laxmi Agarwal was attacked by a stalker when she was only 15. Instead, she filed a PIL and fought legal battles for years. Eventually, the Supreme Court passed an order regulating the sale of acid in India. Laxmi refers to herself as a survivor, not a victim. The plot isn't about a story of a single acid victim, it is about every acid attack ever happened in the country.
The film is all about a strong woman who is constantly fighting a battle with a monster called " Afterlife of acid attack victim in the society" who constantly gets its fuel, its energy by the judgemental eyes of the society. The horrors like when she first sees her face in the mirror and shouts so loud, it almost feels like the mirror would crack from her voice.
What really makes the film weak is the screenplay, the ambitions of the protagonist sidelined and the decision to show them in the end, Malti wants to be a singer but we never really see her trying to or practicing or even murmuring a song. Udta Punjab was a great example of showing trauma with broken dreams but Chhapaak doesn't take much inspiration from it. The trauma mixed with broken dreams would have established a great connection between the audience and the protagonist but the film looked too lazy to do that or too rather occupied with showing the horrific scenes only.
A scene where Amol ( Vikrant Massey ) is pissed and others are trying to melt him. When the words of others fail Malti 's innocent smile action makes him happy and melts his heart in a minute. This really makes you happy internally and shows the sweetness of their love story.
The social message part and the performances were extraordinary. Deepika as Malti took immense risks and she overcomes all those just with her cute smile. Vikrant Massey can really act in any genre of movie and be authentic, this guy is a brilliant star. Direction by Meghna Gulzar was good but wasn't as good as her previous films. Music is basically balanced by one song which is very soulfully written and is shown almost every instance whenever the film has to go on a sad theme.
Overall, Chhapaak is very strong but lacks the perfect execution needed for such genre of films, still deserves to be watched because of its premises.
FINAL VERDICT - 3 / 5.
Should definitely watch this for its social message.