Deepika Padukone launched the title song of her new film Chhapaak in Mumbai on Friday and at the event Laxmi Agarwal too joined, on who Deepika's character Malti is based.
At the event, Laxmi and Deepika got emotional as Shankar Mahadevan sung a beautiful rendition of the Chhapaak title song. Deepika was standing next to Laxmi, who suddenly broke down. Though Deepika tried to console Laxmi, she in turn couldn't hold back tears and got emotional.
Earlier in December, Deepika Padukone had broke down at the trailer launch of Chhapaak.
Watch the title song of Chhapaak here:
Laxmi Agarwal is now a TV show host and a campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks.
Talking about title song, Deepika said: "This song is the thread and soul of the film as it binds the entire narrative. When I listen to the song, I get goosebumps. Today, I feel really happy that my friend Laxmi Agarwal is here. I think the media was very curious and when we launched the trailer of the film, people were asking ‘where is Laxmi?' So, finally Laxmi is with us and I am really thankful to her that she gave us the opportunity to present her story, because not once did she doubt us or question us. I hope that she is proud of the film and I hope we have done justice to her incredible and inspiring story."
Said Laxmi Agarwal: "I met Meghna (Gulzar) ma'am in 2016 and she told me we want to work on this cause (a film on acid attack survivor). If you note, before 2013, no one knew about acid attack violence, but when a few survivors came out and started sharing their stories, everyone listened. Today, a film has been made on this subject. I feel this film creates awareness about the issue in society. I am thankful to Deepika (Padukone) for playing Laxmi in the film."
She added: "I am really happy because makers of this film have shown that external beauty is not important, and it was really important to create awareness about this cause. I feel there is acid in the mind of people and this film will help remove that acid from their minds. So, I am happy that we are portraying victimised people as fighters, and taking this cause ahead. I urge everyone to watch the film because when you will watch it, you will realise what kind of problems people go through under such circumstances."
Chhapaak releases on January 10.