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Laal Singh Chaddha – What went wrong initially


Amir Khan’s movie holds a four-day total currently at Rs 37.50 crore, and the five-day extended weekend total is expected to reach close to Rs 46 crores only! Ah, Well watching movies is definitely on the to-do list while you’re chilling or traveling during summer vacations So if you are interested in knowing what recently released Laal Singh Chaddha holds for you and how’s it catering to the audience so far, you’re at the right place! 

Laal Singh Chaddha – Official Remake of Forest Gump – Is it or is it not!

Laal Singh Chaddha

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Written by Atul Kulkarni and directed by Advait Chandan, Laal Singh Chaddha is a remake of an old Hollywood classic Forrest Gump which bagged Tom Hanks an Oscar. Many different things have been said about “Forrest Gump,” including a feel-good crowd-pleaser, a frustrating bit of junk, and America’s adaptation of Voltaire’s “Candide” (per the film scholar Dave Kehr).

Forrest Gump managed to blow us away by the way it reimagined American history including nods to the Vietnam War, the Watergate Scandal, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley. Well, you had to watch the movie multiple times to catch all of the pop culture references. With new historical touchstones and a lavishly produced Indian remake movie offers a novel perspective of this classic tale.

While Forrest Gump’s basic structure is still very much in place, floating feather and all, the storyline is what Atul and Advait are more invested in than the actual historical instances. This, therefore, has a stronger emotional substance than the original. Well after all it’s a Bollywood show!

Laal (Aamir Khan) tells the passengers on a train about his life in the film’s framing device. Despite his protective mother (Mona Singh), he experiences bullying as a child because of his leg struts. Nevertheless, he makes friends with Rupa (Kareena Kapoor) in class and eventually falls for her.

Forrest Gump was quite a radical movie. It was harshly critical of the actions of the American government, particularly the mishandling of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon’s doublespeak, and the deceit of the Watergate Scandal, among other things. Amir Khan has, in contrast, probably played it safe considering the current political situation. In comparison, Rang De Basanti stood out as being more courageous and critical of the political system.

Why “Laal Singh Chaddha” couldn’t win the hearts of the audience?

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Politically and religiously controversial movies are always a tricky business. Aren’t they? Well, the matter is no different for Laal Singh Chaddha.

The movie was the subject of various debates as soon as the trailer debuted. For weeks, social media has been flooded with requests from netizens to shun it. There was even a trend to boycott it before its release. Unfortunately, the movie’s unfavorable reviews didn’t help it either, as shown by the film’s box office figures.

Trade Analyst Taran Adarsh said, “The collections were not at all good. Aamir Khan has come back to films after four years, so we expected a bigger number. The kind of work Aamir has done in the past is amazing – be it 3 Idiots, Ghajini, or PK, among others. He has always delivered huge numbers. In that respect, Laal Singh Chaddha has no value. It was his worst performance.” 

He added, “The movie is struggling from Day 1 itself, which indicates something is wrong in its content. The content is very weak here, which has added to the woes of the film. If a film is rich in merit, it can withstand any opposition, even boycott. But LSC’s content was so bad. It is not catering to the all-India audience. It takes a toll.”

Moreover, Former British-Punjabi cricketer Monty Panesar also voiced his disapproval of the Indian adaptation of Forrest Gump. “Forrest Gump fits in the US Army because the US was recruiting low-IQ men to meet requirements for the Vietnam War.  This movie is a total disgrace to the Indian Armed Forces Indian Army and Sikhs!!  Disrespectful. Disgraceful. #BoycottLalSinghChadda,” he posted on Twitter. 

In a nutshell, In essence, despite being loved all over the world, Amir Khan was unable to win over audiences with this particular film. In addition to being a financial setback, it has also affected his social stature.

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