How Deepika Padukone JNU Visit Shattered Chhapaak Box Office!

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Director Meghna Gulzar and actress Deepika Padukone collaborated for the first time in the 2020 biographical drama film "Chhapaak."

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"Chhapaak" was based on the real-life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal, aiming to shed light on the issue of acid violence.

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The film faced challenges at the box office, earning only Rs 35 crore net in India, which was considered below expectations.

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Deepika Padukone's visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) three days before the film's release became a point of controversy.

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Deepika's visit was in solidarity with JNU students who faced attacks for supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

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The hashtag #BoycottChhapaak started trending on Twitter even before the film's release, indicating a negative sentiment surrounding the movie.

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Meghna Gulzar acknowledged in a recent interview that Deepika's JNU visit had an impact on the film's reception.

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Meghna expressed that the conversation around the film shifted from the intended focus on acid violence to the controversy surrounding Deepika's JNU visit.

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The director suggested that the controversy affected the film's reception by diverting attention away from its core message.

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Meghna Gulzar did not deny the impact of the controversy on "Chhapaak" and admitted that it made a dent in the film's reception.

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