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Lawyer of Laxmi moves court to stay release of Chhapaak

Aparna Bhat says she has been a lawyer of the acid attack victim for years but the credits of the film Chhapaak do not include her name

Even as Deepika Padukone starrer Chhapaak is scheduled to release in theatres tomorrow, the film is running into one hitch after another, with the latest after the actress’s controversial PR exercise in JNU being the lawyer of acid attack victim Laxmi Agarwal moving a Delhi court to stay the release of the movie.

Lawyer Aparna Bhat claims that she has been a lawyer for acid attack victim Laxmi Agarwal for many years but the credit roll of the film Chhapaak does not include her name. The lawyer has filed a petition in Delhi’s Patiala House Court for a stay on the film’s release.

The film is going to be released in theatres across the country on Friday (10 January). Earlier, the lawyer had written a post on her Facebook wall expressing her displeasure over not being given credit in the film and said she would take legal action against the film’s producers.

In her petition, the lawyer has claimed that she has been an advocate for acid attack victim Lakshmi for many years, but the film does not credit her for her work. In her petition, the woman lawyer has asked the court to ban the film’s screening.

The lawyer wrote in her Facebook post, ” Have never been the one to demand attention to my work. Deeply disturbed by the turn of events post watching Chhapaak. Compelled to take legal action to protect my identity and preserve my integrity. I represented Lakshmi in her criminal trial in Patiala House Courts… tomorrow someone will represent me in my cause…Ironies of life”

The lawyer further wrote about taking legal action against Padukone and the film’s producers.

Chhapaak is releasing on 10 January. The potential audience is divided on the issue of support for and opposition to the film due to the ‘heroine’ of the film taking a political position. Padukone’s character in the film is based on the life of acid attack victim Laxmi Agarwal and the story of her struggle.

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