Doon audience divided between Chhapaak and Tanhaji
Two recently released Hindi movies – Chhapaak starring Deepika Padukone and Tanhaji starring Ajay Devgn elicited varied reactions from the viewers in Dehradun. Most of them preferred the Devgn starrer to the movie starring Padukone.
For some people, the selection of the movie was also influenced by the current political scenario. “I always watch Deepika Padukone’s movies but after her PR stunt to support one side of the protesters in JNU, I chose Tanhaji. You cannot use something as sensitive as JNU violence to promote your movies. Besides, Tanhaji is a must watch,” said college student Chandan Bharti.
Some people just want to watch good cinema. “I watched Tanhaji first day first show and then I watched Chhapaak. Both the films are based on totally different subjects and both are incredible. Of course, Chhapaak is more emotionally draining than Tanhaji and that’s why I watched Tanhaji first,” said Divya Chaturvedi.
“Though I am a big Ajay Devgn fan, I wanted to see Chhapaak as there is no Hindi film as far as I remember that explored the subject of acid-attack victims. There have been documentaries and short films but no mainstream movie. It’s a good film,” said Ekta Kumari after watching the film.
Another admirer of the film Sudhanshu Kohli added, “I have heard and seen a lot about the struggle of acid attack victims but Chhapaak really brings you close to the subject and makes you think about it.”
Another movie goer Anshu Kothiyal said, “I wanted to watch Tanhaji for Saif Ali Khan. His character is so dark and yet so charismatic. I liked his acting in Tanhaji.”
Priyanka Mishra, a medical student stated, “Chhapaak gives you a firsthand experience of how an acid-attack victim is humiliated again and again by society instead of being supported and empathised with.” Adding to her friend’s statement, Geeta Kumari said, “There are unnecessary controversies surrounding the movie. The movie is a beautiful tale of a beautiful girl who is brave, fearless and strong. Why can’t people just watch the movie if they want to and stop judging it without even watching it?”
Wednesday, 15 January 2020|PNS|Dehradun
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