‘Chhapaak’: Both Online Leak & Tax Exemptions Fails To Help At The Box Office. All Thanks To Deepika’s JNU Visit

We all know that business and politics when mixed with each other results in dire consequences for the weaker side. Deepika Padukone’s Home production Chhapaak is a live example.

Chhapaak and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior both made their box office debut on 10th January 2020. The former was leaked online while the latter wasn’t. Unlike most films in the past who when leaked online while they are being screened Chhapaak didn’t get any benefit on the box office.

Chhapaak' Tax Exemptions Deepika JNU
Chhapaak’ Tax Exemptions Deepika JNU

Chhapaak had an ordinary opening of INR 4.77 crore, whilst Ajay Devgn, Kajol and Saif Ali Khan starred Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior minted INR. 15.10 crore on its premiere day.

The reason behind all this mess for Chhapaak is touted to be Deepika’s clear stand in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) violence. #DeepikaPRBackfires had been trending on Twitter for the very same reason. Box office audience have been sharing screenshots of Chaapaak screens going empty from various places. Both Lucknow and Varanasi, especially, witnessed not many seats sold out.

All despite it being made tax free in 2 Congress Ruled states : MP and Chattisgarh.

Deepika is being tagged as the villain and Twitterati is feeling bad for Chhapaak, based on Laxmi Agarwal’s life, as it is not getting its due because of the producer Deepika’s JNU visit.

A lot of memes are being made, and a user went to the extent of sharing a still from the leak of the film.

Have a look at some of the tweets below:


Helmed by Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak is a biopic based on the life of acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Chhapaak swam into troubled legal waters by not giving credit due to Laxmi’s lawyer Aparna Bhat even after promising her the same. Delhi High Court has ordered the filmmakers to give Aparna her due credit in the movie and also passed a restraining order on the movie which would be effective from January 15 for multiplexes and live streaming and for others effective January 17.


Gaurav Gupta

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