MUMBAI: Even before the release of Chhapaak, fans have already claimed it to be the best performance of superstar Deepika Padukone. However, to get the look of an acid attack survivor, Deepika had to use heavy prosthetics and those prosthetics have made her feel liberated as people failed to recognize her.
For Deepika, not looking like herself made her feel free as she could go out without people knowing who she actually is. Talking about the same, she said,
"It was so liberating, it was so liberating because people did not recognize me. We were shooting in Delhi and of course, later the news spread that this film is being shot and I am there. Anywhere we were shooting, I could go without being recognized. People would look at me, they were curious about my face but did not recognize me. Some people were like, is it her, is it not her. It was liberating because it has been a while since I have been able to just go out like that."
She also narrated the time when she instantly said "yes" to Meghna Gulzar for playing the role of Malti just after hearing two pages of the story. This came as a shock to the ace director who thought that Padukone will refuse to do the film.
She then added that she never thought about how she looked like with the heavy prosthetics and how the audience would react. She said, "Through the entire process, not once did I think of it from vanity perspective, or how am I going to shed having looked a certain way or how the audience is going to react. I was thinking about the practicality of it all. There are so many stages to this, how are we going to achieve it. I have never done a prosthetic film, never done a prosthetic-heavy film before and I have never played a real life, living character before. I had these things in my mind. Are they going to make me look like Laxmi or are they going to make me look like Deepika who had go through something like this? Those were the technical things I had in my mind."
Chhapaak is based on the real story of Laxmi Agarwal and will be hitting the screens on 10th January.