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Kareena Kapoor Khan Steals The Show In Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’

By Mohana Soman 11 August, 2022 2 min read
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Kareena Kapoor Khan Steals The Show In Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’

Aamir Khan portrays the role of the titular Laal Singh Chaddha, a not-so-smart man with a heart of gold. Despite being dismissed and ridiculed all his life, he perseveres and becomes a lucky charm for the people around him. But he has only one real goal in life – marrying his best friend Rupa (Kareena Kapoor Khan).

It’s a quick sweep through history

‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is not a complicated film. It evokes complicated emotions (keep tissues on hand, especially towards the end) but its beauty lies in its simplicity. Writer Atul Kulkarni and director Advait Chandan have tried their best to root the story of ‘Forrest Gump’ in India’s culture and history. They succeed, to some extent. ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is chock-full of Indian pop culture references, from Shah Rukh Khan’s meteoric rise to stardom to Sushmita Sen’s Miss Universe win. While it’s a stretch to believe that a young Laal gave Shah Rukh his iconic arms-out pose, it’s just fun to watch.

Like ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is a tapestry of significant moments of Indian history. In the film, Laal Singh Chaddha somehow becomes an integral aspect of Anna Hazare’s protest against corruption. Quite by chance, he starts a chaddi-baniyan business he names Rupa. He becomes a hero of the 1999 Kargil war. Our only grouse is that in the effort to manoeuvre Laal through historically significant events, his presence seems unnatural. But the film’s journey through time remains heartwarming. As a viewer, you’ll be reminded of the shared history that unites you with people you have nothing in common with. Through ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, you’ll be able to revisit times that shaped the country.

Kareena Kapoor Khan humari favourite hai

Aamir Khan surrenders himself to his character and it shows. He does his best to do justice to the role and gives a heart-wrenching performance. But the star of the film is Kareena Kapoor Khan, all the way. Laal Singh Chaddha in comparison to his ladylove Rupa is largely untouched by loss. He grows up sheltered, either by his mother, Rupa or by his friends. But at many points, Rupa is truly alone. Her struggles are darker, her pain is deeper. Kareena embodies Rupa, effectively conveying her disappointment with life. Her performance is emotionally raw and touching. Whether you root for Laal or not, you’re definitely rooting for a happy ending for Rupa.

Naga Chaitanya (who shines in ‘Thank You’) makes a bite-sized Bollywood movie debut in a comic role. Manav Vij portrays the role of a reformed terrorist turned business tycoon. Mona Singh is brilliant as Laal’s mother Gurpreet. All of them get their moment with or without the main man, Aamir Khan.

WATCH OR NOT
Yes, for the sake of nostalgia and Kareena Kapoor Khan.

Director: Advait Chandan
Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Naga Chaitanya, Mona Singh, Manav Vij

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Tags: #aamir khan#Kareena Kapoor Khan#Laal Singh Chaddha#Naga Chaitanya
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Mohana Soman
Drinks chai, writes stuff. Always shorter than you thought in person.
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