Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone has landed into a soup after her promotional TikTok video discussing her looks as an acid attack victim stirred hornet’s nest with netizens going hammer and tongs against her for making “insensitive” comments.

The incident occurred when actress committed a major goof up during a promotional video for her latest movie Chhapaak, which is based on acid-attack victim Lakshmi Agarwal.

Deepika did a video with a TikTok influencer Faby who is a makeup artist, in which she is heard saying: “I want to challenge Faby with three of my most favorite looks. The first one is Om Shanti Om. Second is Piku. Third one is Malathi from Chhapaak,”

The comments sparked outrage online with netizens going whole hog against Padukone.

Sharing the video on Twitter, a user posted: “And just when we thought that @deepikapadukone couldn’t mock Lakshmi anymore through her PR stunts in JNU she comes up with TikTok challenge on acid attack victims. Gross. (sic)”

The video has now garnered over 226,000 views and has been widely retweeted.

“This is super messed up and insensitive, what was she thinking? (sic)”, tweeted another user.

It was retweeted by another user who posted: “Acid attack is not a “look”, this is SO insensitive”.

Many are angry that Deepika chose to endorse an acid attack survivor’s face as a makeup challenge and dismissed the trauma behind it.

The controversy erupted days after Deepika Padukone’s role in Chhapaak was being called path-breaking for many reasons. It’s not often that a Bollywood film attempts to highlight an issue and a crime that is widespread in the society despite increased attempts to sensitize people. For those who do not know, the lead character Malathi of Chhapaak is based on acid-attack victim Lakshmi Agarwal.

Taking on the heinous crime of acid attacks and the plight of the victims, Deepika has been going all out to give the film a wide viewership. From a social experiment to hundreds of interviews with media houses and social media influencers, she’s surely making all the right moves when it comes to publicizing the film.

Pranita Jonnalagedda

A features journalist who started writing because of her love for newspapers, Pranita Jonnalagedda is now exploring the digital space where she writes extensively on Telugu cinema. After fulfilling a childhood dream of working in the newspapers with brief stints in The Times of India and The Deccan Chronicle, Pranita is now a freelancing journalist who has contributed to several leading news portals like Film Companion, The News Minute, DNA, Telugu 360 and The Hans India among several others. Exploring her joint love for films and writing, she covers cinema in a holistic style and covers all the related trends, news, and fashion developments. An alumnus of Osmania University College of Arts and Social Sciences from where she pursued her Post Graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism, she is travel blogging when she isn't writing.

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