Wednesday January 22, 2020

Actor Vikrant Massey Hopes ‘Chhapaak’ Starts Conversation on Acid Attack

Bollywood Actor Vikrant Massey tries to raise awareness about acid attack while promoting his upcoming film ' Chhapaak'

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Bollywood actor Vikrant Massey plays a pivotal role in the upcoming film "Chhapaak". Wikimedia Commons

BY ARUNDHUTI BANERJEE

Bollywood actor Vikrant Massey plays a pivotal role in the upcoming film “Chhapaak”, which addresses the crime of acid violence on women. He hopes the film will start a conversation on the heinous crime.

“I just hope with this film a conversation starts on why acid attacks happen on women, and what actions need to be taken to stop the heinous crime. It is not that we do not know, it is just that we ignore,” Vikrant told IANS.

The story of the film is inspired by acid-attack survivor Lakshmi Agarwal, who became a victim to the crime in 2005. She later became the Indian campaigner of Stop Sale Acid.

The film stars Deepika Padukone, whose character Malti is based on Laxmi. Vikrant essays Amol, a journalist who eventually becomes Malti’s love interest.

“Seldom has it happened that we look beyond appearance when it comes to a love story. In our cinema, we always prioritise vanity and the beauty of the girl. Here is a love story where the boy and the girl falling in love because of the individuals they are. This part of the narrative is very special,” shared Vikrant.

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“In our cinema, we always prioritise vanity and the beauty of the girl,” says Vikrant Massey. Wikimedia Commons

On collaborating with Deepika for the first time, Vikrant said: “I do not know what process she follows to create a character but from my observation I can say she internalises the character she portrays on screen and, at times, it takes a toll on her. I know that the character of Malti is special for her and it impacted her as a performer.”

“There were days when she would respond like Malti even off-camera. I think as an actress, she has given her all, emptied herself to create Malti. Perhaps that is why she was overwhelmed during the trailer launch of the film,” shared Vikrant.

Asked about the potential solutions to an issue like acid violence, Vikrant Massey emphasised on sensible parenting of boys in a patriarchal society that usually does not teach them how to handle rejection of women.

“There is a different kind of upbringing we give to the son of the house than the daughter, where we do not teach a little boy how to accept rejection. Later, it turns into an ego issue. In most cases of acid-violence, the boy throws acid on a girl when she rejects his marriage proposal.

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The first step to stop the crime is to change the upbringing, and parents needs to take that step. Boys need to learn to accept ‘no’ for an answer and (realise) why consent is utmost important. The right kind of parenting can build a progressive society I guess,” Vikrant signed off.

Directed by Meghna Gulzar, “Chhapaak” releases on January 10. (IANS)

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Bollywood Actress Bhumi Pednekar Urges People To Avoid Single Use Of Plastics

She had shared a few pictures along with the post, which show her cleaning up plastics and garbage at a Mumbai beach

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The actress, who is also a climate change warrior, keeps writing against single use of plastics on social media. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar wants everyone to avoid single use of plastics. A climate change warrior, Bhumi took to Instagram to spread the word.

She shared a photo that shows her on Monday morning, sipping a shake from a glass bottle with a reusable straw. The actress captioned: “Everyday is a new day And life is all about those baby steps. Am trying to use no #SingleUsePlastic, you should too, Together we can make this world better #HappyMonday #ReusableStraws #goodmorning #hello”.

The actress, who is also a climate change warrior, keeps writing against single use of plastics on social media.

In an Instagram post earlier this month, Bhumi shared shocking figures to reveal the quantity of plastic waste in India, and urged everyone to use recycled plastic.

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Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar wants everyone to avoid single use of plastics. A climate change warrior, Bhumi took to Instagram to spread the word. IANS

“It’s our mess to clean #happynewyear. India generates 25940 tonnes of plastic waste everyday,of 10376 tonnes is uncollected plastic. Start segregating your garbage at home. Make sure you recycle plastic. We have to co exist with nature #circulareconomy #climatechange #plasticpollution #garbagesegregation,” she wrote.

She had shared a few pictures along with the post, which show her cleaning up plastics and garbage at a Mumbai beach.

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Bhumi has also been vocal about the devastating bushfire in South Australia. (IANS)