Aamir Khan, in general, avoids awards and meetings. But seven years ago, he made an exception. One he might be ruining right now. At the Ramnath Goeanka Awards ceremony in New Delhi in 2015, Aamir was asked about the alleged growing intolerance in India. And the actor responded that he and his wife Kiran Rao (now separated) were alarmed by the situation in the country and seriously considered moving to another nation.
Those words came to haunt him ahead of the release of his Laal Singh Chaddha, which is an official remake of the 1994 Tom Hanks film. Forrest Gump.
A part of the public reviewed Aamir’s words from the past and called for a boycott of the film. Also, one of Aamir’s previous films PK it is also being perceived as being against Hindu sentiments. Thus, there has been a concerted campaign on social media platforms against Laal Singh Chadha, and it got raucous ahead of the movie’s release tomorrow (August 11). The film is being released on around 3,500 screens across the country, and commercial reports claim that the pre-release booking is among the lowest for an Aamir film in recent times.
Can Laal Singh Chaddha match Forrest Gump?
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Aamir tried to put out the fire, and in one of his interviews as part of the promotions, he said, “What a Bollywood boycott… Aamir Khan boycott… Laal Singh Chaddha boycott… I also feel sad because so many people who are saying this in their hearts they believe that I am someone who does not like India… In their hearts they believe that… And that is not true.”
The actor added, “I really love the country… That’s who I am. It’s a shame some people feel that way.” Asking his fans and the public to give his film a fair chance, Aamir further said, “I want to assure everyone that this is not the case, so please don’t boycott my films, watch my films.”
In addition to antagonistic groups, Laal Singh Chadha also faces Akshay Kumar Raksha Bandhan (directed by Aanand L Rai), which will also be released on the same date.
In addition to these two battles, there is also the question of whether Laal Singh Chaddha can match Forrest Gumpwhich won six Academy Awards in 1994, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Hanks.
Sure, on paper, it seems like a difficult task for Laal Singh Chadha. But the story about a slow-witted but kind-hearted man had a positive response on one of the American movie websites, SlashFilm.
“Laal Singh Chadha it may still be as whimsically corny as ‘Gump’ in its penchant for unabashed sentimentality, but it’s a film more deliberately rooted in philosophies of kindness. It’s the superior version”, reviewer Witney Seibold said (opens in new tab).
Per Laal Singh Chadha, Aamir teamed up with first-time screenwriter Atul Kulkarni and director Advait Chandan. The film, which is financed by Aamir Khan Productions, Kiran Rao and Viacom18 Studios, also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh and Telugu star Naga Chaitanya Akkineni. Manufacturers tweaked the original and added elements that make it Indian.