In the time of making biopics, actress Deepika Padukone is all set to add her name to the trend. She will play Laxmi Agarwal, an acid attack survivor in Meghna Gulzar directorial project. Deepika will also be producing this film which will depict her life, ups and downs and how she rose after her acid attack to campaign for the cause. Laxmi Agarwal's life is no less than a roller coaster with the turn of events. With one of the biggest Bollywood actress,' all set to essay her role, more and more people will come to know of her struggles and achievements. But let us know all about Laxmi Agarwal, before her story comes alive on the big screens. Deepika Padukone to Play an Acid Attack Survivor in Her Next, Says “When I Heard This Story, I Was Deeply Moved”.
Laxmi is India's best-known acid attack survivor in the country and is the director of Chhanv Foundation and India-based Stop Acid Attacks campaign. She was attacked in the year 2005 when she was just 15-years-old by a man named Gudda who put acid on her face to seek vengeance. He was a long-time stalker, twice her age and he threw a beer bottle full of acid at her. Along with the face, other body parts were also disfigured. Although she received immediate treatment after the attack, she had to go through multiple surgeries over a span of a few years.
But other than the physical damage, it was the mental pressure that came with it. It was depressing for her to even see herself in the mirror, but she gathered the courage to campaign for the cause of acid attack victims. She managed to put the guy behind bars and her PIL framed a new law. Other than just asking for compensation, there was an amendment to the existing criminal laws like IPC, Indian Evidence Act and Criminal Procedure Code dealing with the offence. She also brought an important change with regards to the sale of acid. A ban was imposed on the sale of acid to minors and also a photo identity card would be compulsory for buying.
Laxmi Agarwal was awarded the International Women of Courage Award by Michelle Obama. While it was a bit high for her, a tragedy hit her family when she lost both her brother and father in the same year. She started the Stop Acid Attack campaign with a journalist Alok Dixit, who she was in love with. The two decided to live-in together to avoid all the negative comments that would come from the guests. The two even had a daughter named Pihu in the year 2015. Here's What Acid Attack Survivor Laxmi Agarwal Has To Say About Deepika Padukone Playing Her In The Biopic.
Things were still not bright for her as the couple separated on mutual differences. She had the custody of Pihu but not enough money to support her. Alok Dixit too did not contribute to raising their child and nor were there funds from the non-profits. Despite voicing so much for the cause, her recent statement to a Hindustan Times report was heart-breaking. "I have no money. I just don’t. You can check my bank account, and it doesn’t even have Rs 5000. This is how we activists live. I don’t have a regular job, and all the money that my NGO gets is spent in taking care of acid attack survivors," she was quoted.
Her plight was once again heard and she received assistance from everyone. A trained beautician, she was welcomed by a makeup academy for a job, who also promised to help in funding her daughter's education. In all her downs, she still had hope and stood strong and showed courage which is commendable. It will be now interesting to see if Deepika Padukone's film will do all the justice to this strong woman.