Chhapaak is the latest major Bollywood movie, alongside Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, to release in Indian theaters this weekend. Deepika Padukone attempts to recreate the brave life story of Laxmi Agarwal, one of India's most revolutionary acid attack victims. Chhapaak is out in theaters and top critics have already gotten a chance to watch it out. Here is a quick Chhapaak review roundup to help you make your weekend watch decision.
Chhapaak movie review: Deepika Padukone's acid attack saga has its moments, but not enough
Anna MM Vetticad from Firstpost writes, "The fulcrum of Chhapaak is Padukone. The superstar, who also debuts as a producer with this film, has the benefit here of sensitive camerawork by Malay Prakash and prosthetic makeup that somewhat mirrors the real-life Laxmi’s appearance. This is a talented actor who managed to make a mark even in the horribly Islamophobic, misogynistic and clichéd Padmaavat in 2018. In Chhapaak, however, she is inconsistent."
‘Chhapaak’ movie review: An emotional force
Namrata Joshi from The Hindu says, "It’s the sparseness, minimalism, and austerity in the telling and an essential quietude that lend Chhapaak an emotional force of its own though some may end up finding it measured to a fault. The only excess the film indulges in, is FabIndia. The wardrobe of almost every character/actor appears to have been sourced from the store. And that makes for quite a visual splash."
‘Chhapaak’ movie review: Hard to watch and hard to look away
Nandini Ramnath from Scroll.in writes, "Chhapaak is needlessly uneven and sluggish at times, but it’s most powerful when it keeps things simple and stays on course. The moments that linger in the 123-minute movie are the ones about the horror of the situation. Why would anybody do something like this? This question is asked frequently through Chhapaak, and whatever else Gulzar does with the subject (or doesn’t), she refuses to offer a facile answer."
Chhapaak Movie Review: Deepika Padukone makes you scream, cry and laugh in New Year blockbuster
Ananya Bhattacharya from India Today says, "Chhapaak makes you feel every moment of an acid survivor's life. It is a shame therefore that Meghna and her team let the songs hamper the pace of the film. Some of the songs are necessary and don't seem like a hindrance. The title track Chhapaak in Arijit Singh's voice stays with you. The relationship between Deepika and her brother too is left frustratingly unexplored, to the point that not even a word is exchanged between the siblings. At points, the editing is not smooth."
Chhapaak movie review: Deepika Padukone is stellar in Meghna Gulzar’s impactful film
Monika Rawal Kukreja from Hindustan Times writes, "While Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is on point, it’s Gulzar’s lyrics, especially the title track ‘Chhapaak se pehchaan le gaya’ that resonates with you. Meghna has carefully used the background score and not overdoing it in scenes where it’s not required.
Chhapaak is a story that makes you sob and smile at the same time. It’s a sensitive, brave and gut-wrenching story that’s not easy to watch, but definitely worth telling."