Celebrated Bollywood filmmaker Meghna Gulzar recently opened up about the impact of Deepika Padukone's controversial visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on her film 'Chhapaak'. Gulzar admitted that the visit shifted the focus away from the film's central message of acid violence and towards the ongoing political climate.
In January 2020, Deepika Padukone visited JNU to express her support for students protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Her presence at the protest sparked a massive controversy, with many criticizing her for politicizing her visit and overshadowing the film's release.
Made on a budget of ₹50 crore, 'Chhapaak' failed to make a mark at the box office, earning only ₹55.44 crore. Meghna Gulzar believes that the controversy surrounding Deepika Padukone's JNU visit played a significant role in the film's underperformance.
During an interview with 'The Indian Express', Meghna Gulzar candidly acknowledged the impact of Deepika Padukone's JNU visit on 'Chhapaak'. She stated, "Yes, of course, Deepika Padukone's visit to JNU affected the film. The conversation went somewhere else."
Meghna Gulzar explained that the attention generated by Deepika Padukone's JNU visit diverted the focus from the film's core message of acid violence and societal issues affecting women.
The controversy surrounding Deepika Padukone's JNU visit continued to overshadow the film even after its release, hindering its chances of success and overshadowing the important message it aimed to convey.
The controversy sparked a debate about the role of celebrities in activism and the impact of their actions on their public perception and professional endeavors.
Despite the setback faced with 'Chhapaak', Meghna Gulzar remains dedicated to her filmmaking journey, continuing to explore powerful and socially relevant themes through her work.
Meghna Gulzar has expressed that she has learned from the experience and is determined to move forward with resilience and determination, continuing to make impactful films that resonate with audiences.
Fans and critics alike eagerly await Meghna Gulzar's upcoming projects, anticipating her ability to deliver compelling stories that challenge and inspire audiences.