Dear Deepika, Acid Attack Scars Are Not A 'Look' You Can Recreate For Publicity

Dear Deepika, Acid Attack Scars Are Not A 'Look' You Can Recreate For Publicity

Most actors agree that these days, doing publicity for a project is almost like doing another film altogether, considering how exhausting and aggressive these marketing campaigns tend to be. In the last month or so, Deepika Padukone has been relentlessly promoting Chhapaak, which is not just a film she stars in, but is also her production debut.

The promotions haven't stopped even after the release of the film, instead, they have just gotten more problematic.

Recently, the actress met several TikTok influencers, and she challenged one of them to recreate 'looks' from her films. She said that three of her most favourite looks were from Om Shanti Om, Piku and Chhapaak. The influencer, Faby (TikTok user @faby_makeupartist), then went on to 'recreate' these looks by changing her hair and makeup. 

Having done extensive research for her role and after working with several acid attack survivors, Deepika should know that these women go through countless surgeries after the attack. Their recovery is long and painful. Then, to call their scars a 'look' that can be recreated is extremely insensitive and demeaning. 

Take a look at the TikTok challenge we are talking about.

Once this clip made its way to Twitter and Instagram, many people pointed out the problems with this so-called challenge. The backlash has been increasing, with many calling it 'sick' and 'disgusting'. Take a look at some of the reactions. 

It is rare that Bollywood tackles sensitive subjects with the dignity they deserve, and while Chhapaak has managed to do that to a certain extent, this recent misstep in its marketing has reiterated that there's still a long way to go.

Deepika hasn't responded to the criticism this challenge has been getting, so we can only hope that she realises why she's being called out for it. 

Featured Image: Instagram and Twitter

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