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Delhi HC directs Chhapaak producers to acknowledge Aparna Bhat in opening credits

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Delhi High Court on Saturday asked the Chhapaak producers to acknowledge acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal’s lawyer Aparna Bhat in the opening credits of the movie.

The court ruled to restrain the Deepika Padukone starrer movie, if the direction is not followed by January 15.

Chhapaak is based on the real life story of the acid attack victim, Laxmi Agarwal.

Justice Pratibha M Singh pronounced the order on a plea by Fox Star Studio, producer of the movie, challenging a trial court’s Thursday order asking them to acknowledge the contribution of advocate Aparna Bhat.

Bhat had filed a plea in Delhi’s Patiala House Court against the filmmakers of Chhapaak, contending that she was not been given due credit for her work. The complainant also claimed that she contributed her skills and knowledge in the making of the movie which was released on Friday.

Advocate Aparna Bhat at Delhi High Court today.

The advocate who played an important role in Laxmi Agarwal’s life, posted on Facebook earlier, announcing that she would be filing a case against the makers of the movie.

“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,” Bhatt wrote in her Facebook post.

Laxmi Agarwal was attacked with acid in 2005 at an age of 15, by a 32-year-old man in Delhi’s Tughlaq Road.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, Chhapaak stars Deepika Padukone and Vikram Massey. Padukone who plays Laxmi is also stepping into the shoes of a producer this time with the biopic.

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