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#BoycottChhapaak sees people tweet photo of ‘cancelled tickets’, but all were for same Vadodara theatre

Many shared screenshots of what they claimed were cancellations of pre-booked tickets. But all of them shared the same image of the same three tickets booked for a theatre in Vadodara.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2020 2:10:23 pm
Deepika padukone, jnu violence, deepika in jnu, chhapaak tickets cancelled, same chhapaak tickets cancelled, boycott chhapaak, viral news, entertainment news, indian express Deepika Padukone arrived at the university to show solidarity to the students of JNU injured in the violence.

After Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone turned up at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Tuesday evening to meet with students who were attacked by masked individuals, there were calls to boycott her upcoming film. The calls for a boycott, which came even from a BJP MP from Delhi, was also a trend on Twitter.

#ISupportDeepika and #BoycottChhapaak started trending simultaneously. On Wednesday, some people took to social media to share photos of what they claimed were pre-booked tickets for the film that they had cancelled to boycott the film. Some of those who shared the images also claimed they had decided to watch Ajay Devgn’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior instead.

But it turned out the images shared by people, who claimed to be from across regions, were the same three tickets in a Vadodara theatre. Even the seat numbers were the same.

Here are examples of what was shared:


It didn’t take long for people to realise that those who claimed to be boycotting the film were sharing the same image. Many people said it was propaganda, and even said they would now book tickets to support Padukone.

In her review of the film, our critic Shubhra Gupta writes,”It is that inspiring story that Meghna recreates, with some embellishments, of course, through Deepika Padukone’s Malti. If the star had played it like a vanity project, there would have been no film. But Chhapaak scores because she comes through with a solid, realised performance. It is not just putting the focus on the ravaged-skin-with a missing ear-and-nostril, but reflecting a mix of pain, anger, resignation, and finally, arriving at some kind of resolution.”

The film is based on the life of Laxmi Agarwal, who was was attacked with acid in Delhi’s Khan Market in 2005 by a man who had sought to marry her and had been rejected. In 2006, she filed a Public Interest Litigation against the use of violence against women and seeking regulation on the sale of acid in India. In 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in her favour.

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