News18 Hindi claims Chhapaak was ‘redubbed’ to change acid attacker’s name from Hindu to Muslim. They’re wrong

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On Tuesday evening, Jawaharlal Nehru University students, teachers, and alumni protesting against the mob attack on their campus two days before had a surprise visitor: Deepika Padukone. Padukone was in the capital to promote her recent movie, Chhapaak.

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Her visit elicited strong reactions on social media and television news. Soon after, rumours circulated on Chhapaak, which tells the real-life story of Laxmi Agarwal, who survived an acid attack by a man named Naeem Khan. The rumours claimed Chhapaak rebranded Naeem Khan as a Hindu named “Rajesh”, instead of a Muslim.

Though this was quickly debunked, a new rumour surfaced: that Chhapaak had been “redubbed” to change the Hindu name to a Muslim one. News18 Hindi published a story headlined “Deepika Padukone corrected this mistake after the protest! Claim change in ‘Chhapak’ overnight”.

This “news story” stems from a tweet by a lawyer named Ishkaran Singh Bhandari. Bhandari had previously threatened to send a legal notice to Padukone.

Newslaundry reached out to the editor of News18 Hindi. The piece will be updated if a response is received. News18 Hindi subsequently put up a “fact-check” of the “news” of the movie being redubbed.

Earlier, Swarajya had published a piece saying the character’s religion had been changed, but the story was pulled down.

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