Deepika Padukone's next movie which will be based on the real-life story of an acid-attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal, welcomes actor Vikrant Massey on-board. The movie titled, Chhapaak which is also Deepika’s debut production by Meghna Gulzar, titled Chhapaak will see Deepika in the role of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal, while Vikrant will play the role of Laxmi’s partner in the movie. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the news in his latest tweet. “IT’S OFFICIAL… Deepika Padukone and Meghna Gulzar join hands… Their first film together is titled #Chhapaak… Based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal… Vikrant Massey has been signed to enact the lead opposite Deepika,” he wrote."A Death in the Gunj" actor Vikrant Massey is the latest to join the cast of the film.
"Honoured to be part of #Chhapaak! Thank you @meghnagulzar Ma'am for giving me this opportunity & believing in me. Looking forward to working with the supremely talented @DeepikaPadukone," Massey wrote.
Deepika also welcomed the actor to the film with a tweet. "Welcome to the team @masseysahib !!!Thrilled to have you on board!!!" she wrote.
In an interview with PTI, Gulzar said she chose Agarwal's story because it gives her the scope to tell a larger story about acid violence in India. "In the film with Deepika on acid violence, I'm using Laxmi Agarwal as a subject because she is the most known acid fighter. Plus her case and her story has been the most relevant in terms of where legislation on acid violence, medical advancement, compensation for victims and things like that was concerned'', Gulzar added.
"There was a whole socio-medical and legal impact that her case had. Therefore, I am using her as a lens to tell a larger story on acid violence in India because even though acid is banned and the sale of acid is regulated in our country as of five years now, we still have acid attacks. It is still the simplest thing to get in a 'kirana' store in a tier-3 city," the Raazi director had said.
Vikrant was last seen in AltBalaji’s web series Broken But Beautiful where he played the role of a heartbroken husband who lost his partner in a tragic car accident.