Lawyer Aparna Bhat has filed contempt petition in Delhi High Court against makers of the film Chhapaak and actress Deepika Padukone for not giving due credit to her despite the court order.
On Thursday, a Delhi court ruled in favour of Bhat. News Agency ANI reported that a Patiala court has ordered that the film-maker (Meghna Gulzar) recognise the name of the petitioner. Bhat had played a key role in bringing Laxmi Agarwal's (acid attack victim on whose life ‘Chapaak’ is made) culprits to justce by fighting her case in Patiala Houe courts. Bhat, wasn't too pleased with the makers who had omitted her name from the film and not acknowledged her efforts.
Bhat took to Facebook on Wednesday night and wrote in a post that she will be taking the makers of the film to court. “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” she wrote on Facebook.
The plea has sought initiation of contempt proceedings against the makers of the film for non-compliance of the High Court order directing respondents to give due credit to the lawyer Aparna Bhat for her contribution in the making of the film. Her name is not shown on the film prints which released in the international market.
Bhat represented Laxmi, the acid attack victim on whose life the movie ‘Chhapaak’ is made. The lawyer wanted to include her name in the copy of the film which is being screened internationally. However, Aparna Bhatt said that due credits were given to her in the movie which is screening in India. Meanwhile, #Boycottchapaak stil continues to trend on Twitter with those opposing Deepika's move, cancelling their movie tickets and voicing their anger over Padukone's support of JNU students. Deepika Padukone also got a backlash from social media for a promotional video based on her newly released film Chhapaak that she posted on Tik Tok. In the TikTok video, Deepika Padukone recorded recently, she was seen asked makeup artist Faby to recreate her looks from 'Chhapaak. The video Deepika is seen throwing a TikTok challenge at a user named @faby_makeupartist.