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Prakash Jha on Laal Singh Chaddha failure: Aamir Khan and team should understand they are making bakwaas

The filmmaker refused to blame the boycott culture for Laal Singh Chaddha's Box Office failure.

Prakash Jha on Laal Singh Chaddha failure: Aamir Khan and team should understand they are making bakwaas
A still from Laal Singh Chaddha/Twitter
  • Shaheen Irani

Last Updated: 12.20 PM, Sep 03, 2022

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Indian filmmaker Prakash Jha has called out Aamir Khan’s latest release, Laal Singh Chaddha. While many reports state that the movie failed because of boycott culture, other trade experts have pointed out that the movie’s content did not connect with the viewers. Prakash Jha was of the latter opinion.

He explicitly told Cinestaan that the film is ‘bakwaas’ and did not flop because of the boycott culture. “They should understand that they are making bakwaas,” he was quoted saying.

“I am yet to find someone who has said: wow, what a film it was,” the filmmaker shared. He analyzed that if a movie like Dangal or Lagaan tanked at the Box Office, then the scenario would be different because that would prove that boycotting Aamir’s films caused the Box Office failure. However, he is of the opinion that Laal Singh Chaddha did not meet the expectations.

Prakash Jha, who was promoting his upcoming film Matto Ki Saikil, commented that the trend of remakes is a ‘lethargic approach’ lacking originality. He further clearly stated that making a film doesn’t only require money, corporates and high fees for actors involved.

The filmmaker straight out asked his fellow directors to stop making films if they don’t have a story to tell. His advice? Work hard and think original.

Laal Singh Chaddha released in theatres on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Despite the festival and extended weekend, the movie, featuring Aamir and Kareena Kapoor Khan in the lead roles, failed to gather momentum. This happened soon after there was demand all over the internet – to boycott the movie.

The film is the official Indian adaptation of Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump. The original film has now received a cult status.

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