Advait Chandan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, with Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, has its issues but is an easy watch

Posted on August 11, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The first hour is wonderful, but slowly, a sense of dullness sets in. The film, though never unwatchable, gets into repeat mode.

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The Forrest Gump character is like the feather we see at the Hollywood film’s beginning. He is tossed around this way and that, borne along by the winds of chance. There is not one deliberate act he does. Everything in his life is like what his mother said: a box of chocolates, where you never know what you’re going to get. Advait Chandan’s Laal Singh Chaddha uses the feather metaphor and many other structural elements from Forrest Gump, with some small tweaks. One of these is the insertion of Pritam’s songs, like Kahani, the lovely waltz that plays over the opening credits. The lyrics have heft: Hum samundar ka ek qatra hai ya samandar hai hum? Are we mere drops in the sea or are we the ocean itself? But the tune is simple and that hefty line is followed by a nursery rhyme-like phrase: Pum para rara rum.

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