Meghna Gulzar’s directorial film Chhapaak is slow at the box office. Starring Deepika Padukone, the film is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. It also stars Vikrant Massey in a pivotal role.
Chhapaak opened with a decent Rs 4.77 crore on January 10. After seeing a slight increase in the collection on Saturday and Sunday, it saw a slump on Monday as it could earn just Rs 2.35 crore. Till Monday, the film stood with a total collection of Rs 21.37 crore. On Tuesday, it is expected to earn Rs 2 crore.
Chhapaak received rave reviews from film critics which could help the film attract cine-goers to the theatres. The recent JNU controversy also played a role in the low footfall. Chhapaak is doing good in the metro cities as compared to tier-2 cities. After Deepika Padukone’s visit to JNU to show her solidarity with the student and teachers of the university injured in an attack by masked goons, the film was boycotted by many Hindutva fringe groups. Many groups threatened cinema owners against screening the film.
Despite the controversy, Chhapaak is being appreciated for raising an important issue like acid attack. The film inspires young girls to not lose hope in difficult circumstances. Deepika Padukone is also being applauded for her decision to portray such deglamourised role.
Release on January 10, Chhapaak is expected to cross Rs 25 crore this week.