Has Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha been watched? Revisit Forrest Gump then. It was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won six, including best actor for Tom Hanks and best director for Zemeckis.
Last Updated: 06.34 AM, Aug 12, 2022
Laal Singh Chaddha, starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, was released in theatres on August 11. The film follows the extraordinary journey of a simpleton named Laal as he chases his dreams and love, and is an official adaptation of the 1994 Hollywood feature Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks. The film received a low rating on IMDb, which shocked the creators.
On IMDb, Laal Singh Chaddha received a rating of 3.5 out of 12,000 votes. This is very low and according to the site, it is Aamir's lowest-rated project to date. In fact, his major flops Mela, Dhoom 3, and Thugs of Hindostan have higher IMDb ratings than his recently-released film. However, if more votes are cast in favour of the film, the rating on IMDb can be changed.
Before the film's release in theatres, a group of internet users started the hashtag #BoycottLaalSinghChaddha on Twitter, urging people not to watch it. Haters are circulating Aamir Khan's controversial "India's growing intolerance" statement from the past, and a few of Kareena's controversial statements, as well.
For two decades, the adaptation of Forrest Gump underwent many changes. In an interview, Aamir Khan said, "Atul Kulkarni and I were talking one night about 14 years ago. 'What is your favourite film?' he asked; I replied, 'Forrest Gump.' I also mentioned a few others. But then we started talking about this one, and the night was over. He left, and I promptly forgot about it. He called me two weeks later and said, 'I have written a screenplay for you'. 'But you don't write', I said. 'Yeah, but I tried to write it and finished it', he said. 'In two weeks?' I inquired. 'Yes,' he replied. Initially, I didn't take it seriously. But the day I heard Atul's narration, I fell in love with it."
The Bollywood actor added he found it beautifully done. "How can something as deeply rooted in American culture as Forrest Gump be made in any other culture? I couldn't figure it out. But Atul showed me how to do it. It was his adaptation that convinced me to do it," Aamir stated.
Forrest Gump was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won six, including best actor for Tom Hanks and best director for Zemeckis. Also featuring Robin Wright, Sally Field and Gary Sinise, the heart-warming 1994 epic was a critical and commercial smash, grossing $ 677 million worldwide, and is based on the novel by Winston Groom.
The film is currently ranked No 31 on the list of all-time highest domestic grosses. It stands $ 4.5 million behind 2010’s Alice in Wonderland at No 30.
Let's look at some of the interesting facts (in no specific order) about Forrest Gump:
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