Deepika Padukone's latest release, Chhapaak, based on the story of an acid attack survivor, was on Thursday declared tax-free by the governments of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The Meghna Gulzar-directed film, based on the life of acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Agarwal, released today (January 10).

The chief ministers of the two Congress-ruled states made the announcement on Twitter.

Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath tweeted, "Deepika Padukone's film on acid attack survivor, Chhapaak is releasing across the country on January 10. I declare it tax-free in Madhya Pradesh".

"This film which spreads a positive message regarding the treatment of acid-attack victims in the society, tells the story of their courage, struggle and their passion for life and aims to bring a change in the society's mentality on the same," he added.

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel also appealed to people to watch the movie along with their families.
"The state government has decided to make Hindi film 'Chhapaak' tax free in Chhattisgarh. The film spreads awareness among people against heinous crimes like acid attack on women in society. You all should go to watch the movie along with your families and become aware, as well as spread the awareness," Baghel tweeted.

Deepika on Tuesday visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to express solidarity with the students who were attacked by a mob on January 5.

She earned bouquets as well as brickbats from various people, including politicians, for her act of showing support to JNU students.