Deepika Padukone’s visit in the JNU campus to show solidarity with students who had been attacked is causing uncalled for troubles for her upcoming movie Chhapaak, inviting antagonist to make another splash on Wednesday.
While Deepika was the main target of the many a discussion on social media and beyond for showing at a public meeting within the university, the film, based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, was also making news for quite one more reason. In what could rather be a storm in a very Twitter cup, ‘Nadeem Khan’ and ‘Rajesh’ began trending on the microblogging site after an article claimed the name of the antagonist had been changed.
By 4 pm, ‘Nadeem Khan’ clocked on the brink of 60,000 tweets and ‘Rajesh’ close behind with 50,000. In 2005, Laxmi was disfigured for all times when a person called Nadeem Khan and three others allegedly hurled acid at her in Delhi’s crowded Khan Market. In the film supported her life, the narrative remains similar but the names are changed. Laxmi becomes ‘Malti’ and Nadeem are changed to ‘Babboo’ aka ‘Bashir Khan’. Moreover, Rajesh is the name of Malti’s boyfriend.
A local magazine named “Swarajya” took a dig over this incidence by published news, “The Ways Of Bollywood: In Deepika Padukone-Starer Chhapaak, Acid Attacker Naeem Khan Becomes ‘Rajesh’.” It started a huge backlash for Deepika’s ‘meet and greet act in JNU. Twittery searched for the names of the characters involved within the movie Chhapaak and conspicuously found the name of main perpetrator Naeem Khan absent,” the article alleged. But within the Meghna Gulzar directed film, there’s no mention of any Nadeem or Naeem Khan.
Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Global Climate Change Babul Supriyo jumped into the controversy, saying its another example of “absolute hypocrisy”. ” If the characters are imaginary, having no resemblance with any living beings and every one of that, its bizzare to change the names and whenever the name changes, simultaneously religion also changes, this has been done in sheer deliberation,” Supriyo told a channel when asked to opinion the controversy. South Delhi BJP MP Ramesh Biduri also involved a boycott of the movie.
While Deepika is getting a lot of attention by visiting the JNU campus, many praised her ‘silence’ but others criticized her for “supporting the Leftists” and said it had been a promotional stunt before the movie release. Hashtags like #Boycott Chhapaak & #ISupportDeepika were trending on twitter.