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The intent is right, but the execution feels awkward.
collinsenosh11 January 2020
This opening scene is small but uncomfortable. Some might say it presents a tragic truth, where victims are forced to measure their victim-ness against one another to earn the right of justice.

The movie reminds us of the heinous masculinity of a crime aimed solely at defacing a woman in an optical culture that equates societal worth with physical beauty. It's a calculated choice that the woman is played by a mainstream actress, from a film industry notorious for fetishizing her glamour over all else; this way, the transformation hits the average viewer harder.

We don't quite get to know Malti beyond the legacy of her life's events. The story doesn't pause to know her either. She exists - in a thinner texture of flesh and blood - mostly because Laxmi does.

A storyteller's rage is not a bad thing. The intent is right, but the execution feels awkward.

The timeline feels oddly cold-blooded. It leaps from one version of Malti to another. The screenplay overcompensates for the pace. The men in the background are either stereotypical idiots (male reporters ask insensitive questions) or unrealistic angels (the surgeon is annoyingly cheerful; the lawyer's husband serves tea and parathas to the "ladies of the house" so that she can save the world).

The little touches are nice: Malti laughs with pursed lips, thereby evoking a face that had to reconstruct its smile in a way that hurt the least. She speaks less, but places more gravity on her words (because maybe that's all she has) - a trait that allows the dialogue-ish nature of her lines sound organic.

Vikrant Massey and his idealism forces her to balance it out by being a tender, soft-spoken - and better - woman. She is the ice to his fire, even though she wears fire on her face.
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worth watching
risha-3264813 January 2020
When the trailer came, i knew this movie is gonna be LEGEND wait-for-it DARY. Legendary movirle it is. Though i am not a DP's fan nor have i watched any megha gulzar movie but this movie attracted me thus i ended up watching it. ACTING - everyone has done has great job and vikrant and deepika steals the show and the real acid warriors (not victim or survivor tbh they are warriors) are worth watching. Their smile nd everything is so damn good.

Overall this movie is must watch and i CAN SURELY SAY ONE THING THAT WHOEVER HAS GIVEN THIS MOVIE SUCH A LOW RATING ARE 80% THOSE FOOLS WHO ARE FOLLOWING #BOYCOTT trend and rest 20% could be genuine reviews :)) Though those 80% people are so dumb that they can't see beyond boycott trend nd all the work behind this movie :)) Worth watching...
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Such a Drag
jtsmanasshukla13 January 2020
Meghna Gulzar should have done better than this. If over screaming and soul less acting were to be credited, Deepika's performance would have got her at least an Academy awards nomination. She happens to ruin the soul of most roles she takes up, just doesn't have the depth of emotion to connect with the audience.. if you place any value on your time and money avoid this one..
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SAMTHEBESTEST10 January 2020

Chhapaak says so many things from it's title itself if you see deep into it. If not then the trailer atleast gave so much idea about how the film is going to be. An untold and unnoticed story of Acid Attack victim Laxmi (Real Name) is told in Brilliant way by Director Meghna Gulzar and it's a safe bet to shatter your heart (if you have one for the sake of huminity).

The first question comes on this story is why did this strong story remained unnoticed and untouched before? Ultimately that was good because it got into the safe hands of a genius storyteller like Meghna Gulzar otherwise someone else might have spoiled something here. Chhapaak tells a journey of a young Beautiful Malti (Laxmi's character name in the film) who gets attacked by a relative with the Acid thrown on her face and then turning into Fighter Malti. The film also focuses on some judicial system problems in our country that how difficult is it to get the Justice and why we need to make some strict changes in our law.

Deepika Padukone as Malti delivers Best Performance of career till date. She is unstoppable from the first frame and remains unstoppable throughout the film. Many people had fear that Vikrant Massey's character might be sidelined in this woman centric film but wait... We are here for the One Man Show by Vikrant Massey as he gets the Best chance to shine as alone Male Lead Character in this Woman oriented drama. He gets to portray a big hearted guy Amol and connects us all quickly. Supporting cast is fantastic whether it is important scenes or the chorus ones.

The story of Laxmi (Malti) is very painful and you might feel offended at several occasions or might scream out watching her pain. The film makes you feel her pain and that's where the writer wins you over. The narrative looked brilliant, screenplay is highly engaging with almost no loo breaks and the scripting is fantastic too. Music is highly situational that makes every scene more exclusive and impactful. Especially "Chhapaak Title Song" is a slow poison that stays in mind even after leaving the theatre. Coming to the dialogues of the film, I mean one of the major winning aspect of the film for some valid reasons. Okay, this is a real story and you need some powerful hard hitting dialogues that will poke hard to the criminal minds & some other faulty systems of our country and Chhapaak does it with excellence.

How many women directors we have to name in Bollywood when it comes to Quality films? I guess hardly few. Meghna Gulzar should now top the list of best women directors in India. Why? Look at her filmography, especially when it comes to real events she has managed to shatter some myths and delusions about cinematic compromises. Talvar, Raazi and now Chhapaak.. Have to believe that Meghna Gulzar is doing quality work consistently.

Overall, Chhapaak is a lesson and inspiration to the two repulsive sides of our society respectively where one has humanity and the other one has cruelty. However the end of Malti's story is predictable but then there is one more heart wrenching scene in the last frame of the film which will force you to scream out. It's not for weak hearted people because one need to have strong guts to watch the film and feel it from the emotional quotient. Delivering perfect cinematic content Chhapaak might also change the life of Acid Attack victims and Normal people's perception about them.

RATING- 7/10*
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A step in wrong direction
krunalpatel1112710 January 2020
Won't say it's a bad movie.acting was also Ok. but I feel that just because they want to earn more money to step in one controversy which is just bad marketing and we see how money hungry this people are as specially the lead actress we know u produce it and u wanted to earned some extra money but this was not the right way.U could have done some charity work which could have raise your voice.The character u representing in film should will be ashamed of you.
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SinhaSomesh10 January 2020

Courage is not A virtue, but The virtue.

Most storytellers entertain, a few enlighten. A scattering number of celluloid visionaries entertain as well as enlighten. Meghna Gulzar fits into that exceptional variety of film-makers that opens up thought-processes about the condition of the homeland without losing the cinematic elements that constitute a film. Meghna Gulzar has always believed in handling an issue every time She has attempted a film. To reconstruct on celluloid a true occurrence that is oven-fresh in public reminiscence is not a trouble-free mission. However, having sensitive and explosive material on hand is not enough. The execution of the subject is of paramount importance. Fortunately, Meghna Gulzar interprets the events in remarkable style and form and makes it a cinematic experience that haunts you even after the film has concluded. She does complete justice to the spirit of the story.

Chhapaak manages to show a mirror to the society. It is a rare film that will make you cry but at the same time scaffold you with the strength to raise your voice against injustice and why one must never compromise on self-respect. As a movie-watching experience, Chhapaak is flawless. There's absolutely no compromise at the level of storytelling. Bravo! Meghna Gulzar makes it an engaging piece of cinema rather than relying on the docu-drama format. Chhapaak belongs to the unique hard-hitting, gut-wrenching genre of cinema. Script-wise, the director has tried to remain faithful to the episode that occurred and also what transpired subsequently. The events have been chronologically put forth and the daring story of Malti hits you like a ton of bricks. The film truly celebrates the human spirit and also reflects a vital change in society and in the attitudes of people.

The narration is simply captivating that the viewer thirsts for more. Such is the impact of its taut screenplay! The film abounds in sequences that have been handled with utmost care, notable among those that focus on the relationship between Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey. The dramatic scenes are just right and not once does any character get loud or go overboard. The emotional scenes are a treat to watch. Another highlight is the climax. A film like Chhapaak pricks your conscience and makes you think.

Director Meghna Gulzar and story writer Atika Chohan deserve kudos for choosing a thorny and contentious story to interpret on celluloid. Meghna Gulzar, in particular, deserves a few extra brownie points for handling the material with aplomb. Her prowess and competence are visible all through the film. Since Chhapaak is based on a real story, Meghna Gulzar has kept the characters and the locations real and that's what makes the goings-on very identifiable, besides bestowing an authentic feel to the film. Here's a dynamic director-writer duo who needs to be lauded for tackling such a difficult subject and emerging triumphant!

A hard-hitting drama, generally, doesn't have scope for music. But Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy join hands with Gulzar saab, the wordsmith, and together they deliver a solid soundtrack. Music has been used in a matter-of-fact manner and at no point, it takes anything away from the narrative or the pace of the film. Malay Prakash' cinematography is first-rate. Dialogues are realistic to the core. Nitin Baid's editing is perfect.

It would be a blunder if one missed out the contribution of the makeup artists. Transforming the ever-dependable actress into an acid attack survivor must've been an arduous task and Shrikant Desai and Clover Wootton deserve to be complimented for making Malti look so real.

Meghna Gulzar places immense trust on Deepika Padukone and she delivers a powerhouse performance. It is difficult to think of any other actress who could've essayed this complex role with such sincerity as Deepika. A powerhouse of talent, Chhapaak is yet another effort on the part of the actress to showcase the talent she possesses. To state that she is exceptional would be an understatement. Here's yet another award-winning performance from her. Another actor who delivers a first-rate performance is Vikrant Massey. He sinks his teeth into the character, giving it the much-required pragmatism that it necessitates. Sure, Chhapaak belongs to Deepika, but not once does Vikrant Massey dither from his position or seems inferior. This is the hallmark of a tremendous actor, which Vikrant is. Madhurjeet Sarghi is first-rate and lends adequate support.

A lot of films have been attempted on real-life incidents, but haven't struck a chord so effectively. Chhapaak should shatter this jinx. It focuses the viewer's attention to that segment of society that has seldom been depicted on the Indian screen. It will be well appreciated by the intelligent audience who are gunning for women safety and empowerment. This heroic and daring film truly deserves prolonged applause.
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Amazing movie
ruhi-4038313 January 2020
No words to describe the goosebumps I felt during the movie , the struggles of an acid attack victim, it's not so easy to portray 😍😍😍 amazes!!
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Not Worth the hype..
maharshi13 January 2020
Ok movie.below expectations. Acting average.. after interval it's not good. Overall ok movie. Everybody can skip it.....
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Probably something you'll want to watch but shouldn't !
krazzy_aldfo15 January 2020
The story could be accurate but it sadly isn't. The lawyer in real life events was given no real credit for her fight ! But let's forget the facts for a moment and enjoy the movie one would think ... The direction is poor and the movie feels like something emotionally charged than a message. Honestly a one time watch movie and you wouldn't be able to handle it another time ! Here's a suggestion for south indians with a similar storyline... Watch the malayalam movie "Uyare" and you'll be much more satisfied than this supposedly true story !! But hey ! This movie will make you rethink about everything that's wrong with our cheap minded society !! Watch it for a message...ignore it for the facts !!
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One of the most heart-wrenching yet inspirational movie in years.
anuragmop13 January 2020
The year has started but i can already say that Chhapaak is probably the best film of 2020. From the impactful storyline to the amazing performance by Deepika as Maalti. This is probably her best performance as of now. Great cinematography and narration style.
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Heart wrenching experience
zomatogold13 January 2020
This movie for class audience not for Mass audience
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Total Waste of Time and Money
ssiitd13 January 2020
Save your 2 hour worth of Time by not watching this movie. Totally destroyed the cause. No credit has been given to the advocate who fought for her
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Deepika's best performance ever
tpatoliya10 January 2020
The film Chhapaak is the milestone in the career of Deepika Padukone, which is trying to color the political atmosphere of the country.

Apart from Deepika, Vikrant Massey has made an impression in this film. In the movie Sanju, just like Vicky Kaushal had gathered all the applause, Vikrant has done something similar here. Nobody expected much from them in front of an artist like Deepika, but she is a surprise package of this film.

The rest of the actors in the film are newcomers; some real acid attack victims have also done fantastic work in it.

Meghna Gulzar's quality as a director is that she has kept the story realistic. The first half of the film is a little dull, but after the intermission, the events catch their pace.
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upsclaw13 January 2020
Deepika overly acted and did injustice to laxmi real life hero role
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For the courage
afaqmgs13 January 2020
For your courage to put on the screen what hides beneath the society.
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Excellent performance by Deepika
mahlifenorules13 January 2020
Story of thousands of struggling victims portrayed here...thumps up to direct and actors. Inspiration for many brave women who faced this kind of brutal act.
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pankajmaelstorm13 January 2020
Although a very nice subject to make a movie but proved to be Very average movie with below average performance by the casts.
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A let down
pmayurank13 January 2020
This film does not live up to the expectations. The story was good but Deepika acting is so not up to the mark. There are flaws with continuity and depiction of real life situations. I would recommend to skip this flick.
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Not a good
ajaypvc-6793413 January 2020
Very Poor acting, not realistic. Like a documentary. Wasted powerful story to convert a good movie
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Good concept but pathetic ACTING
theentrepreneur14 January 2020
Despite all the political affiliations of the actors and the negative publicity, I went with an open mind only to be met out with a mediocre sub par film. The whole concept was far too stretched out that I literally saw a 50 year old woman snoring while embarrassed family members desperately tried to wake her up.

Whats even more disappointing is the acting of Deepika Padukone, with her monotonous voice and her sub par acting with terrible makeup on , i dont know if i found her voice annoying or her acting or both. Her voice reminded me of obnoxious teenage girl with a shrill voice. The fact that she peddled an acid victim as a trophy to promote her film didn't go down well with many viewers.

Despite this, its a one time watch, or shall i say Half time watch(seeing the mid fifty year old lady fall asleep).
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Could not bear for more than 20 mins
kushalsethi10 January 2020
An absolute waste of time. One of the all time worsts. Stayed to finish the popcorn and like others scooted out of the hall as fast as I can. It's makes Dabbang 3 looks like an Oscar winner in comparison.
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Fails Miserably
robin-singh545613 January 2020
Didn't do justice to the script. Could have been much better, seems like it's made in a hurry just to mint
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Missed Kanagana!
ashwinm-5806413 January 2020
Common, Kangana should have done this film, her abilities to master in these kind of roles are unmatchable.
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Poor film especially the acting
manilkumar7314 January 2020
Milerable acting especially from the actress herself... would have been good had they choosen an actress who knows acting then this hopeless celebrity.... such a nice subject they had
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A good opportunity wasted
rjtshr13 January 2020
A very average delivery of a potentially very powerful subject.
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