Why can’t Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha repeat the same feat as Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump?


The trailer for ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan has arrived. You are seeing a lot. People are appreciating it too. Especially in terms of the story of the movie and the main character, Aamir’s look has come out, it’s amazing. Seeing this, you can understand how much hard work and preparations he must have done for his character and his movie to be effective. Laal Singh Chaddha is the official remake of Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump. Those who have seen Forrest Gump before, must have come to know from the Lal Singh Chaddha trailer that in both stories, except geography, politics, war and society, everything else is the same.

Forrest Gump has been changed to the necessary Indian context. Change also becomes a local need for remake or adaptation. Now, how the film will be made will only be known after its premiere in August. But the story remains the same: the trailer is enough to make it ring. But the big question is, will films made in two different political, social, economic, and geographic systems be on the same ground in their impact? And will watching Laal Singh Chaddha give viewers the same feeling as watching Forrest Gump in the American context?

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I think it’s probably impossible. First of all, it’s nearly impossible to replicate the old magic with a new version or adaptation. If you make the movie better, it’s your hard work and your success. Replicating Forrest Gump is an arduous task not only for Aamir but for anyone. The land of Forrest Gump’s story is not easy. The history from which the United States environment came about, the changes it goes through: there is no such experience anywhere else in the world. Imagining it in a country like India, honestly, it’s just a matter of forcing the connections. So.

Can Aamir make an Indian story out of a different society and geography?

Forrest Gump is the story of a paralyzed boy. Who is very innocent and innocent and good at heart. Despite not being able to walk, she achieves all of his life goals that are impossible for him in some way. A child who cannot walk grows up to be a runner. After studies, he becomes a soldier and becomes a part of America’s toughest war campaign in Vietnam. The war in which the United States suffered a humiliating defeat and traces of the psychological impact of that war on its soldiers are still being discovered in all investigations. There is no personal example from India compared to what America’s memory of the Vietnam War is like. That experience may have been of enslaved Indian soldiers who went to fight in the World War. But unfortunately, Lal Singh Chaddha’s backdrop doesn’t show a world war. India is post-independence.

Second, Forrest Gump came in 1994. Like Vietnam, the United States had to face a humiliating defeat at the hands of Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War. The effect of the Gulf War on American society and politics was almost the same as Vietnam. Just as American society took out its anger against its government after failing to get results in Vietnam, something similar happened after the Gulf War. Forrest Gump is actually a film about humanitarian aspects against war in its texture. It shows the human perspective of a soldier. One more thing is worth noting. Before Vietnam and the Gulf War, the United States won some of the most decisive wars in the world. Due to his influence, there was immense economic progress.

There are no examples in India like the story of Forrest Gump

There is no despair in India like Vietnam and the Gulf War. Despite that, India has lost a war at the hands of China. But instead of the sense of despair in Indian society due to that defeat due to political economic conditions at the time, there is a sense of revenge in the lack of resources and political will. There is no such sense of resistance in Forrest Gump. Amir may have used the battles with Pakistan on Lal Singh. Besides the wars, the other major events that happen in America in Forrest Gump are also references to a different world than Indian society. There are many things like that.

Forrest Gump is one of the classics. And the classics are never made again. Even the Indian movies could not be made properly in remakes. For example, many editions of Devdas were made but the referent of Dilip Kumar’s film remains intact. There are many more examples of remakes. People are getting better and age-appropriate updates on the recently released Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. The movie is also being watched, but Akshay Kumar Vidya Balan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa benchmark is said to be kept. You have to see how Aamir has Indianized the story of Forrest Gump in Lal Singh Chaddha.

Forest Gump is available on OTT.

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