Laxmi Agarwal‘s lawyer Aparna Bhat, who filed an application saying that despite representing Laxmi in courts for several years and helping in the making of the movie Chhapaak, she was not given credit in the film, has got the green signal. A Delhi court on Thursday ordered that the filmmaker of Deepika Padukone-starrer movie should recognize the name of the lawyer in the film who claims to have fought the criminal case for the acid victim on whose life the movie is based. Lawyer Aparna Bhat moved the petition before Delhi’s Patiala House Court earlier today seeking a stay on the release of the movie, asserting that she was not given due credit in the film.
During the course of hearing, senior advocate Sanjay Parikh, appearing for the petitioner told the court that his client fought Laxmi’s case for years and helped during the script-making of the film but was still not given credit.
“She does not want any money. All she only wants is credit as promised by the film director,” Parikh told the court. He said that Aparna came to know that her name is not included in the movie on January 7 following which she was promised that the production will take care of her concerns after the movie is released. She was also told that her contribution has been acknowledged in several interviews, the advocate told the court.
“The film-maker acknowledged her but I do not understand why they are hesitating in giving my client any credit,” he rued.
Taking to her facebook handle, Aparna Bhat wrote “Finally got what’s due!! Thanks to Mr.Parikh, Ramesh, Karishma, Sanjana, Shivangi, Karun, Ritwik, Kirti, Rajesh, Amit, Akshay,Nimit, Suma and Banju yesterday for bearing with my nagging. Thanks, Madhulika for what you are. Banju, seeing you and Madhulika today in court brought memories of Lakshmis trial. I thank all my friends and family who tweeted, supported me, believed in this effort more than me. The producers are challenging this order which reflects that not giving credit was deliberate. I have won my battle…thanks to all of you.🥂”
The movie, which is slated to be released on January 10, is based on Laxmi’s life. In 2005, at the age of 15, she was allegedly attacked by a spurned lover.
Laxmi had to undergo several surgeries. Later, she took up the job of helping other acid attack survivors and promoted campaigns to stop such gruesome attacks.