Our review of Laal Singh Chaddha, a very local Indian Forrest Gump

In Laal Singh ChaddhaBollywood superstar Aamir Khan takes on the character of Candide immortalized by Tom Hanks. Paramount Pictures France

CRITICISM – This benevolent remake of the film with Tom Hanks says a lot about the fractures of the country.

Did the seventh art need a remake of Forrest Gump, a simple man whose passion for racing and kindness bring happiness around him? However, it would be cynical to remain insensitive to the charm of Laal Singh Chaddha, which is released in India and France this Thursday.

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan (Lagaan) captures the character of Candide immortalized by Tom Hanks. The 57-year-old comedian, partly digitally rejuvenated, fought a decade to secure the rights to the Zemeckis classic. Here Forrest is called Laal, a Sikh boy raised by his farmer mother in seventies India. Slow to understand, struggling to stand on his feet, he is the laughing stock of his comrades. With the exception of her little neighbor Rupa who finds in Laal and her mother the affection of which a violent father deprives her. Over the years, this childhood friendship inspires the young man with feelings that Rupa does not share, eager to become a rich and famous actress.

When he is not attacked as a Sikh, Laal witnesses waves of riots between Hindus and Muslims, abuses that his mother presents to him as “epidemics of malaria” to prevent him from going out.

If she follows the twists…

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