Straight from its trailer release “Chhappak” has been enveloped by controversies and bitterness. From fake religious cover ups to Deepika showcasing solidarity for the JNU students the movie has been through all of it though it did not deserve any such negative promotion. The movie has well-narrated the humdrum struggle an acid victim had to endure while accentuating numerous barriers in the way of achieving justice. The atmospheric score amplified a nice layer of sincerity to the storyline. The dialogues could have been slightly powerful but the film has been a truthful endeavor highlighting the seriousness of acid-related crimes to that of rape itself. All the actors have outshined in their renditions and clever yet modest fragments of every character have been beautifully captured. The manner in which the film makes you jiggle by expressing the nightmare confronted by the acid attack sufferers is sensational. There is no censoring of the uproar, the trauma or the way in which a person’s spirit is rewritten by just a few drops of liquid. It starts off with Malti as the acid survivor struggling to find a stable career option soon to land in an NGO led by Amol Dwivedi, fighting for justice to the acid attack victims. Thereafter the movie is an intersection of her life with court proceedings, NGO work, petitions and family issues. Though trying to stick to the established terror of the hideous crime, the story still explores a few different pitches of budding love between the leads and the suffering brother.
Starring the most glamorous and talented actress of the industry, Deepika Padukone, delivers a wonderful performance doing thorough justice to her character. But Vikrant Massey as Amol simply steals the show with his natural color and gush. Following the non chronological order of story unfolding, Meghna Gulzar has been very skeptical about the movie but it fails to gather the momentum in it’s later phases and relies solely on its title track to build all the emotional connection with the audience. The wile works but struggles to cultivate the anticipated impact as the film comes to be a bit stretchy in the end. Malti’s triumph hasn’t been accentuated deep enough as that of Tapsee in “Pink”. A multitude of scenes communicate the edge of the movie yet it keeps encompassing a lot of excessive angles incidental to the story. But overall the movie focuses on a highly sensitive topic that does not receive larger media attention and thus more soothing to experience through cinema which will spread the word to a bigger audience and may affect some amendments in the law.