Following Laal Singh Chaddha's poor show at the box office, a news report claimed that the film's distributors had asked the producers for compesantion.
Last Updated: 05.33 AM, Aug 16, 2022
Aamir Khan's first film in four years, the official remake of Oscar-winning Forrest Gump's titled Laal Singh Chaddha, had everyone guessing what the movie would entail, with trade experts predicting it to bring in moolah during the long festival weekend it had released in.
The post-release numbers, however, is a different story altogether. On opening day, which was on Raksha Bandhan holiday, the film only managed to amass 12 crores and is said to be the superstar's lowest opening in 13 years.
Laal Singh Chaddha, despite the critical acclaim, could not even hit the 50-crore mark after the first four days. And that is when reports of the film's distributors asking to be compensated by the producers for the "monetary loss" started circulating in the media.
Now, Viacom 18, the production house behind the film, has responded to these reports, by calling them “baseless speculation".
The production company behind the film (which was also co-produced by Aamir Khan's Aamir Khan Productions),Viacom 18, has released a statement addressing the speculative story.
"There are no external distributors, and no money is lost in the first place," read a part of the statement, which also went on to squash the "speculation" and called it "baseless".
"The film is still running in theaters both in India and internationally. This is baseless speculation," Ajit Andhare, CEO of Viacom 18, told entertainment portal ETimes.
Meanwhile, Laal Singh Chaddha has been facing boycott calls on social media. Aamir Khan’s visit to Turkey in 2020 and a meeting with Turkey’s First Lady Erdogan triggered off a massive backlash against him once again. Aamir has also been facing uproar on social media for his old remarks regarding intolerance in the country. All this has said to have affected the business of Laal Singh Chaddha.
In other news, Laal Singh Chaddha's unfortunate run at the box office is directly related to the boycott call on the movie allegedly owing to his past comments on India being an "intolerent" country. In 2020, Aamir Khan courted controversy once again when he went to meet Turkey's First Lady Erdoğan that backfired on the star in a massive way. Both his remark on India and his meet-up with the First Lady is believed to have contributed to the film's downfall.
"Aamir had worked really hard to make the best version of Forrest Gump possible. The rejection has hit him very hard," a close friend of the star told Bollywood Hungama.
Aamir Khan, during a media interaction in Delhi, had expressed his sadness over the #boycottlaalsinghchaddha hashtag on social media and said that although he respects people who do not wish to watch the movie, he reminded those who had called for the boycott that the film comprises other people as well and not just him.
"I am sorry if I have hurt anyone's sentiments. i didn;t mean to..." he had told the media before the release of the film.