On the eve of the final match of IPL 2022 Aamir Khan released the trailer of his latest offering Laal Singh Chaddha. In India cinema and cricket go hand-in-hand and they overlap as frequently as possible. Therefore, there was a Ranveer Singh who was dancing up and down in the inaugural of the final match of the IPL 2022. In between Aamir Khan popped up supposedly having an interview with Rashid Khan of Gujarat Lions. Subsequently during the second innings, that is, when Gujarat Lions were batting, the trailer of Laal Singh Chaddha was released.
After all, where will one find such a captivating audience? During the IPL finals, a Guinness record was created. The viewership was 1,20,000 (including the security personnel) and what better way to launch the trailer of a film than on such an occasion? This kind of feat would not have been done before for the launch of a trailer anywhere in the world perhaps.
The trailer seems to be a true copy of the Forrest Gump and a proper Indianised adaptation as it was shown in the credits. Forrest Gump had a signature feather flying throughout the movie indicating the timelines of the film.
While in Forrest Gump Tom Hanks effortlessly cruises through various phases of his life in the case of Laal Singh Chaddha aka Aamir Khan, the whole demeanour seems to be too much laboured. In Forrest Gump the famous quote life is a box of chocolates, and you never know what you will get has been translated or rather given an Indian flavour which is – life is a golgapa pet bhale hee bhar jaawe par man nahi bharta – but the essence which the Forrest Gump communicated seems to have been lost along with the panipuri (at least in the trailer).
Aamir Khan seems to have just taken off his mannerisms from PK and it appears as if one is watching an extended version of PK. Or is it from DHOOM 3 the twin brother? Seems, Aamir has drawn inspiration from both of his past films and therefore the characterisation seems to be falling some way in between. A tadka of nationalism has been thrown in, in the form of a war where Laal Singh Chaddha seems to be on a rescue mission. An acting performance should not be an extension from the last film and the mannerisms, and the expressions should have been different to delineate between PK and in Laal Singh Chaddha.
Mona Singh graduating as a mother is a pleasant surprise and so is Kareena Kapoor who is looking beautiful. The cinematography of the film is captivating. But the bottom line is, whether the content will be able to live up to its day? It is after a long time that a Sikh character with a proper pagdi or a dastar, as they say in Punjabi, is shown. One only hopes that Laal Singh Chaddha would at least give a fillip to the culture of running in our country.