The first look of Deepika Padukone from her upcoming film Chhapaak is out and has already taken over the internet. Deepika looks beautiful and gives the glimpse of the undying spirit as acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal in the still. The picture seems filled with life and a promise of embracing a new beginning. Together, Deepika and director Meghna Gulzar have raised everyone’s expectations after releasing this still from the film.

The film’s team will start shooting for Chhapaak in Delhi today. While it’s a story about the life of Laxmi, Deepika plays the character named Malti. It’s also the actress’s first film being bankrolled under her own production house, KA Entertainment. The other producers on board are Fox Star Studios and Mriga Films. It’s slated to hit the screens on January 10, 2020, facing a Box Office clash with Ajay Devgn starrer Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior.

Earlier, Meghna posted a picture of the entire team of Chhapaak indulged in a script reading session. The picture showed Deepika smiling, along with her co-star Vikrant Massey, Meghna herself and her father Gulzar. She captioned the image as, “A team that reads together…
#Chhapaak
@deepikapadukone @masseysahib
@foxstarhindi” (sic)

Deepika recently opened up on resonating with Laxmi. She told Mumbai Mirror, “Not every acid attack survivor is like Laxmi, who, despite physical pain, social shaming and ostracism, came out of the experience, stronger, even victorious. There are many who are yet to overcome the trauma.” She added that she will be talking to a few more acid attack survivors later. Deepika said, “I will be meeting some of these girls in the coming weeks and be working closely with them. I believe everyone needs to take mental health seriously and I’ll have a dialogue with them and their families on this.”

The actress also talked about being back on a film set after a long time. She explained, “I can’t wait to be on the set because no matter how much you prep, what happens there is something else. So, there’s a sense of excitement and also some nervous jitters that everyone in every department faces for the first three-four days into the shoot, till we get a hang of the characters and the bond between unit members cements. But this nervousness is positive energy.”