Despite Deepika Padukone’s debut home production: Chhapaak receiving rave reviews from critics combined with the praises pouring in for the actress’s top-notch performance as an acid-attack survivor named Malti. Chhapaak is not much of a success at the box office.
As per Meghna,
“Our release was as expected within the release environment, within the nature of their film. The way the film is performing and being received is as per expectation. Deepika is coming from Rs 300 crore films and if she was chasing that then she wouldn’t do this movie.”
When Deepika’s turn to speak came, she said,
“The numbers are actually very similar to Piku. It is more or less the same. The intent of this film was very different. Every Rs 100 crore film is not necessarily a successful film. It is based on your budget and based on how much you have spent in the movie. So if you have earned Rs 100 crores what if you have spent 300 crores to make a film. But the audience today has been fed with this kind of information that a Rs 100 crore film is a hit film.”
These are Chhapaak’s box office numbers. This social drama made Rs. 28.38 crore at the box office in the beginning of 7 days.
Very recently, Malayalam actress Parvathy Thiruvothu who too played an acid-attack survivor in Uyare that was released last year i.e. 2019, took to her Instagram page to thank both Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar for their work in Chhapaak which as per her is a story that needs ‘to be told, to be felt’.
This Meghna Gulzar directorial is a biopic based on the life of Laxmi Aggarwal, a real-life acid attack survivor. The film has been declared tax-free in the Congress Ruled States: Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan.