Aamir Khan’s production Laal Singh Chaddha, hits the theatres today, August 11th. Its an official Hindi Adaptation of Tom Hanks Forrest Gump. If you manage to sit for more than 2 hours of a stretched storyline then you might just watch this till the end.
Movie Name: Laal Singh Chaddha
Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan
Director: Advait Chandan
Aamir Khan has always given excellent performances according to me. And always shown his versatility. And this time the acting for the remake is also great if you ignore the occasional exaggerated grunts. Tom Hanks Forrest Gump, the official Hindi Adaptation of this is Laal Singh Chaddha. Which has been the target for a boycott and a lot of rumours.
The overall direction is great, for people who watch movies for fun or just want something to spend their time on the film is must watch as it will occupy your time with its stretched
storyline and sometimes unnecessary but fun dialogues. The plot is not upto the expectations but the performance makes it worth watching. The background music makes every emotional scene even more heart touching and its honestly a win. As for the story its something like this.
Like the iconic white feather buoying around is common in both films, it floats but rests when it reaches Laal’s slightly torn and dirty shoes. And here we meet Laal on a train. His dirty shoes are soon replaced with his hand picking up the feather and slowly the camera meets his face and his big twinkling eyes. A woman then occupies the seat in front of him, Laal keeps his twinkling eyes roaming everywhere and then digs into a box of Golgappas, and brings out a bottle of Golgappa water, he eats and then starts grunting. His continuous grunts then lead to the story that is Laal Singh Chaddha.
Director Advait stays faithful throughout the story with Laal’s Magical Shoes and even the feather. Whereas writer Atul Kulkarni had added a really amazing metaphor that is ‘Running’ through the history. There’s a lot of indian tadka in the movie, from the typical school bullies to the typical mom. The character is nicely written as a mom of a mentally challenged child. It shows us how she shields her child from the communal riots that ripped India apart in 80s and 90s, calling it a ‘Malaria’, which then becomes a word Laal oftens uses and adding more innocent sounding words for scary situations.
Kareena’s Rupa is a character who will make you want to dislike because of the way she keeps doing things that get her into trouble for the sake of getting rich and famous. But also feel bad for her as its just something that is normal to want and her being interwoven with a tryst of physical abuse she witnessed being meted out to her mother as a child is a really good trope. Her struggles, her decisions for a better future and the unfair yet true to life treatment she gets makes the whole performance that Kareena laid out incredible.
Aamir Khan being completely into the character is what makes it feel real and his innocence then adds when he meets Bala an army recruit played by Naga Chaitanya on a bus to the training camp. Their duo a perfect match with Bala’s continous talks about Chaddi-Baniyan and Laal’s habit of obeying and being good at everything he does in the army. Naga Chaitanya keeps it natural and the directors makes sure his act doesn’t look over the top and keeps it simple, fun and interesting.
One of the funny scenes would be when Laal saves the terrorist in Kargil war. And later on how the Manav Vij’s character help’s Laal grow.
The most amazing scene which i feel made me feel on edge for the end were the scenes where Laal’s pure love would make him ask Rupa ‘The’ question and as a person who loves happy endings. This movie definitely left me in happy and sad tears. Why? Well you’ll have to see it for yourself.
Though the story is stretched, Aamir, Kareena, Naga Chaitanya’s acting and Shah Rukh Khan made it all worth a watch.
And its a 3.5 stars for the performance.