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Acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal on whom a film is being made says her courage defines her beauty. The acid attack survivor Laxmi who walked on the ramp for designer Laxmi Shriali Sood at Indian Runway Week season 11 on Friday, said, “I feel ‘Daar ke agge jeet hai.”
Laxmi, India’s brave acid attack survivor, was 15 when a man threw acid on her face in 2005. Laxmi was on her way from her music class when a man twice her age threw acid on her for rejecting his advances.
The incident disfigured her face and other body parts. Although she received treatment on time, in a span of 10 years, she went through many surgeries, which almost affected her mental health. However, it is her courage, because of which Laxmi took up life’s challenge and managed to stand on her feet.
During the show, Designer Sood showcased her range titled ‘Revolutionary Goddess’ and the real life ‘Revolutionary Goddess’ Laxmi sauntered the ramp in an intricately embellished printed silk lehenga with a sheer organza overlaying crop jacket.
On the question, if she gets nervous while walking the ramp, Laxmi said, “I don’t feel nervous at all. I see people in the backstage and they are nervous about how the show would go. I feel no nervousness or anxiety before walking down the ramp.”
Laxmi said further, “There have been several shows where people (suffering from ordeals have walked). Today, I am walking for Laxmi Shriali Sood… Whatever she is showcasing today is for a cause.”
“They have changed the fact, and what is more important – appearance or strength, she asks? I feel if only outer beauty was important I wouldn’t have walked the ramp today. My strength and my courage is my beauty.” Laxmi said.
With the upcoming film “Chhapaak”, Laxmi’s life story will be on silver screen soon. In the much-awaited movie actress Deepika Padukone will be seen playing Laxmi as ‘Malti’ the lead role.
A Fox Star Hindi project, Chhapaak is directed by Meghna Gulzar which also features Vikrant Massey.
In 2014, Laxmi received International Woman of Courage award from Michelle Obama, US’ then first lady and was also named NDTV Indian of the Year. In the same year, she founded an NGO, Chhanv Foundation, which aims to help the survivors of acid attacks. She has a child named Pihu from her relationship with Alok Dixit, who co-founded Channv. Now though, they have separated out of a live-in relationship they were in.