Laal Singh Chaddha: 2020 Indian Comedy Drama

Laal Singh Chaddha: 2022 Indian Comedy Drama

Movie Name: Laal Singh Chaddha Movie
Directed by: Advait Chandan
Starring: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, Mona Singh, Debdas Ghosh
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Family
Release Date: 11 August, 2022
Running Time: 159 Minutes
Rating:

Events in India’s history unfold through the perspective of Laal Singh Chadda (Aamir Khan), a man with a low IQ.

Laal Singh Chaddha is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Advait Chandan and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao. It is loosely adapted from the American drama Forrest Gump (1994) and traces historical things that were present in the former. The film stars Aamir Khan as the title character, while Kareena Kapoor portrays his love interest. Mona Singh and Vijay Sethupathi play supporting roles.

The official announcement for the film was made on Khan’s 54th birthday (16 March 2019), and it was also confirmed that it will be shot in more than 100 locations in India. Principal photography commenced in Chandigarh on 31 October 2019, with Khan’s mother Zeenat Hussain giving muhurat clap. It is scheduled to be theatrically released in India on Christmas 2020.

Film Production:

In March 2019, Bollywood actor and filmmaker Aamir Khan announced he will produce and star in Laal Singh Chaddha, an Indian remake of Tom Hanks‘s 1994 American film Forrest Gump, with Advait Chandan as director. Laal Singh Chaddha is co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The film was also announced to trace historical things that were in the original version Forrest Gump. Kareena Kapoor joined the film in June 2019, and it marked the third time she is working with Khan following 3 Idiots (2009) and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012).

It was announced in September 2019 that film will be shot in more than 100 Indian locations. The principal photography commenced in Chandigarh on 31 October 2019 with Khan filming his scenes and Kapoor joined him the following day. The looks from the film sets were leaked in mid-November and the first schedule ended on 22 November 2019. Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi as well as Bollywood actress Mona Singh, who had also played Kapoor’s sister in 3 Idiots, were added to the film cast too. A romantic track of the film picturized on Khan and Kapoor was wrapped up on 28 November.

The second schedule begun in Kolkata on 5 December 2019. The images of Khan from the film sets in Kolkata were leaked on 9 December 2019. On 12 December, he flew to Kerala for the second portion of that schedule. His photos and videos from Changanassery, Paravur Thekkumbhagam near Kollam city and Kappil, Thiruvananthapuram district from Kerala went viral on 16 December. The second schedule was also filmed in Jaisalmer.

The third schedule of the film started on 21 December in Goa and later on moved to Himachal Pradesh on 5 January 2020, which eventually completed in late January.

On 6 November 2019, official logo of the film was launched by Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

On his social media account, Aamir Khan unveiled the first official theatrical poster of his character on 18 November 2019 online.

The film will be theatrically released worldwide on 11 August, 2022.

This films soundtrack is composed by Pritam and the lyrics are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The music rights are bagged by Sony Music India.

Laal Singh Chaddha Movie Trailer:

youtube .com/watch?v=R6savS7m0Fg – Watch it on YouTube

Laal Singh Chaddha Movie Review:

Kya Pata Hum Mein Hai Kahani
Ya Hai Kahani Mein Hum?

The very first song Kahani, with wondrous lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya and music by Pritam, establishes the light-hearted feel-good tenor of the film. And from the very first scene, Aamir Khan holds us captive as he goes on to narrate his own story, urf that of Laal Singh Chaddha, a simpleton with a heart of gold.

In a way, he is both the first and third person. As a narrative device, a man recounting his own story to a bunch of strangers may seem rather perplexing. But Laal Singh Chaddha is not an average being; he is a special person, a pure soul, not as smart as you and me, but blessed with extraordinary abilities.

Indeed, Laal Singh Chaddha an adaptation of Tom Hanks- starrer Forrest Gump may not get full marks on creative ideation for it sure is a borrowed concept. But as it transposes the story of the Vietnam solider on to Indian soil with astuteness, it gets more than passing marks. Thanks to deft writing by Atul Kulkarni, it does come out as a very Indian story with lots of Indian political markers. The years in which the film is set unfurl through snapshots of political events. With a rather long disclaimer, you don’t expect the film that uses digitised real mileage to wade in choppy waters.

Despite pointing out many tumultuous events in the recent history of India, it offers no political commentary. Nevertheless, it manages to bring out the horror of anti-Sikh riots. The scene where Laal’s mother (Mona Singh) cuts off her young son’s (a beautiful Ahmad Ibn Umar) hair to save him from rioters is hair-raising and brings tears to your eyes. In fact, in more than one scene you have a lump in your throat. And that is one of the biggest triumphs of the narrative, which is quintessentially a very personal journey of a man interspersed with India’s recent socio-political history.

And the counterpart to the Vietnam War of the Forrest Gump here is, well, Kargil War where South-Indian star Naga Chaitanya is introduced to us in a part, which may be not as delightful as it was intended to be. Chaitnaya, however, does make an impact even though the prime focus of his friendship with Laal is once again meant to bring out the innate character of Laal. Manav Vij’s character as a terrorist-infiltrator from Pakistan once again reaffirms Laal’s attributes of guilelessness and power of goodness in thought and deed to counter the virus of communalism and religious bigotry.

At one level, the film is a love story, with Kareena Kapoor Khan as Rupa playing Laal’s romantic interest and his childhood friend. Her arc, rather well-fleshed out, takes us into another journey, the underbelly of glamour world and an effective Kareena adds to emotional heft. Of course, Laal Singh Chaddha, which took too long to make and finally release, does seem too long at points.

The final turn his love story with Kareena takes is a bit clichéd. But the ultimate message of human goodness that the film cares to drive home reaches out and envelopes you in a bear hug. If the wide-eyed innocence and perpetual sense of wonder writ on Aamir’s mobile face says it all, so do the lines unhon nu mere ch ek umeed nazar aaundi si… Undeniably, Laal Singh Chaddha represents the humanity we all are fast losing. As Indian cinema is busy celebrating many shades of gray here is to purity of thought and simplicity.

Sab changa hai… And now a word on Punjabi diction since the titular character is a Sikh from Punjab. Despite the film boasting of a dialect coach, the Punjabi here is more Indianised than authentic. But the spirit of Punjabiyat does come out flying, and a whole lot of credit also goes to Mona Singh’s stellar portrayal as indomitable sardarni .

Movie Songs:

Song Title: Kahani
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Music Composer: Pritam
Singer(s): Mohan Kannan

Song Title: Main Ki Karaan?
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Music Composer: Pritam
Singer(s): Sonu Nigam, Romy

Song Title: Tur Kalleyan
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Music Composer: Pritam
Singer(s): Arijit Singh, Shadaab Faridi, Altamash Faridi

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