Laal Singh Chaddha movie review: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor starrer is a beautiful and emotional homage to Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump

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Film: Laal Singh Chaddha

Director: Advait Chandan

Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh, Manav Vij

Bollywood Bubble Ratings: 4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Laal Singh Chaddha movie review:

To be honest, I didn’t have any expectations from Laal Singh Chaddha after watching the iconic Forrest Gump earlier. I was very sure that I won’t be liking the film the way I liked Tom Hanks starrer. Considering that the original film was so well received and touted to be one of the classiest films, I wondered if the filmmaker would capture Forrest Gump’s innocence and charm for the remake. But much to my surprise, Laal Singh Chaddha impressed me. 85% per cent of the film seems to be taken from the original and I like the fact that writer Atul Kulkarni tried to add his own elements to the film.

I would say Forrest Gump is for a niche audience. It was released in 1994 and the mindset of the audience back then and today are quite different. There’s a possibility that people won’t like both the films and a possibility that they might like them. Laal Singh Chaddha is a beautiful story of his life and I’m not mentioning this for the sake of review but it will strike a chord with the cult audience. Nevertheless, it teaches you how life is a golgappa, that no matter how much you eat, your stomach will be full but not heart will never be satisfied.

When one is sad or upset, you go for a walk but in the case of Laal Singh, he goes for a run. It’s no ordinary run but a run that lasted for 3 years. It showcases how we need a good run just to leave all the resentments behind. However, there’s a little flaw that really didn’t work with me and that is the entry of Manav Vij’s character who is seen as a terrorist in the film. It seems a little misplaced in the story as it seems Atul was trying to send out a message. Even though he tries to tell how one should live in harmony, I feel the scenes were a little too overdramatic.

Story:

A tale of Laal Singh Chaddha, a man with a low IQ, recounts the early years of his life when he found himself in the middle of key historical events. He narrates his story from childhood to adulthood, a roller coaster ride of emotions. Amidst all the memorable events in his life, Laal only wants to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Rupa.

Star Performance:

Aamir Khan plays the role of Laal Singh Chaddha who is innocent and has only a few important people in his life. His life revolves around his mother and beloved Rupa. Aamir playing the titular role is quite impressive. Yes, there was a lot of PK and Rancho when he was playing Laal but I like how he tried to keep the innocence in his character. There have been multiple scenes where I cannot differentiate Aamir’s Laal from Aamir’s PK character but he puts up a good performance in this movie. In fact, in some scenes, I also see Aamir trying hard to enact like Tom Hanks while adding his little charm as well.

Kareena Kapoor Khan essays the role of Rupa, Laal’s love interest. The character is toxic AF and Kareena pulls off the role with utmost ease. Her vulnerability, her innocence, and her love for Laal, Bebo enacts her part and emotions effortlessly.

Mona Singh plays Laal’s mother in the film and she impressed me and how! Considering that people were constantly criticising her for playing Aamir’s mother in the movie, I would say she did a fab job. Not once did Mona make me realise that she is actually younger than Aamir and I guess that is the power of being a fantastic actor.

Manav Vij plays the role of a terrorist Mohammad in the movie. After seeing him in Samrat Prithviraj as Mohammad Ghori, I see him again in a villainous role but with a twist. He plays the role with utmost conviction.

Conclusion:

Overall, Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan starrer Laal Singh Chaddha is a beautiful adaptation of Forrest Gump. The film is no more or no less than the original. I would go with 4 stars because I like how the makers of Laal Singh Chaddha actually tried to make a good remake of Forrest Gump.

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