Thursday, May 28, 2020

Who is Laxmi Agarwal/Deepika Padukone’s Malti?

Laxmi Agarwal is again making the headlines after Deepika Padukone shared the first look of her character “Malti” in the movie Chhapaak based on Laxmi Agarwal’s life. 28-year-old Laxmi Agarwal is an acid attack survivor who is a living inspiration.

The film is directed by Meghna Gulzar, the recent Filmfare Award winner of Best Director for the film Raazi. In a second attempt to highlight the brave Indian women, Meghna Gulzar has taken on the story of Laxmi Agarwal, the girl who survived an acid attack at the age of 15.

The first look of Deepika Padukone as shared on her Instagram account is garnering a lot of love from fans. Even Kangana Ranaut’s sister and another acid attack survivor Rangoli Chandel has tweeted about it.

The movie is set to release on January 10, 2020, and is Deepika Padukone’s debut in film-production. But before watching the movie, one must know who Laxmi Agarwal is.

All about Laxmi Agarwal

Aged 28, Laxmi was born in a middle-class family in Delhi. She was approached by a 32-year old man Naeem Khan who wanted to marry her when she was just 15 years old. Upon her refusal, he stalked her and later attacked her with acid.

Laxmi underwent a series of surgeries and was in the hospital for three months. Laxmi refused to bow to her fate and instead filed a Public Interest Litigation in Supreme court in the year 2006 for a total ban on the sale of acid. For the PIL, she collected 70000 signatures. After the court ruled in her favour, in 2013, she became the face of the #STOPSALEACID campaign which attracted nation-wide attention.

Laxmi has remained in the headlines for her bravery and inspiring ways. She was honoured by the former First Lady of United States Michelle Obama with International Women of Courage Award.

Laxmi was in a live-in relationship with a Human rights Activist Alok and gave birth to a daughter Pihu. After the couple separated, Laxmi has been bringing up her daughter single-handedly.

Laxmi continues to fight for other acid attack survivors to get them the justice that they deserve through the Chhanv Foundation.


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