New Delhi: With the first screening of Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha today, the first reviews are out and according to some international movie critics, the film will seem to keep its words in terms of screenplay, acting, and direction. The movie is an original Hindi remake of Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump which featured Tom Hanks in the lead role along with Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, and Sally Field among others.
According to Indie Wire’s Proma Khosla, Advait Chandan’s directorial “stands on its own” although it is the remake of a Hollywood classic. In her review she stated, “Instead of a box of chocolates or the obvious Indian equivalent, the film takes things a step further, adding strong depth and resonance to what could otherwise have been an unremarkable adaptation.” She added, “Laal Singh Chaddha measures its emotional beats tactically, deploying poignant punches sporadically throughout.”
Also, Fred Topel of United Press International reviewed that, “Laal Singh Chaddha is faithful to Forrest Gump from the floating feather to the plot structure. Since the history is less vital to the narrative, it gives the story itself more weight, with some new thematic context.”
He further added, “What remains troubling about the essence of the premise, regardless of its language and cultural context, is that it insinuates the protagonist’s disposition for good and kindness derives from his cognitive disability, assuming that neurotypical people would never behave with such human decency and placing a halo of inherent sainthood on Laal.”
The script of Laal Singh Chaddha has been written by Atul Kulkarni. The movie will release on the silver screen on August 11.