The official version of Forrest Gump, “Laal Singh Chaddha,” by Aamir Khan, has received praise from many, including The Academy, despite its modest box office earnings thus far. You did read that correctly.
On Saturday, a video using clips from “Forrest Gump” and “Laal Singh Chaddha” was posted on The Academy’s official Twitter account. The Academy lauded “Laal Singh Chaddha” as a “faithful adaptation” of “Forest Gump” in a tweet.
“Robert Zemeckis and Eric Roth’s sweeping story of a man who changes the world with kindness receives a faithful Indian adaptation in Advait Chandan and Atul Kulkarni’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ feat. Aamir Khan in the role made famous by Tom Hanks,” the tweet read.
The Academy further tweeted, “1994’s ‘Forrest Gump’ was nominated for 13 Oscars including six wins for Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Directing (Robert Zemeckis) , Film Editing (Arthur Schmidt) , Best Picture (Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch and Steve Starkey, Producers), Adapted Screenplay (Eric Roth).”
Reacting to the post by The Academy, co-producer Ajit Andhare of Viacom18 Studios tweeted, “Finding a piece of academy & history through an Indian adaptation is a proud milestone. Congratulations everyone at @AKPPL_Official @Viacom18Studios. @atul_kulkarni, #AdvaitChandan #AamirKhan #KareenaKapoorKhan & wonderful cast & crew of #LaalSinghChadha this is your moment.”
Laal Singh Chaddha, directed by Advait Chandan, debuted on August 11. The movie also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Naga Chaitanya, and Mona Singh in addition to Aamir.
According to industry insider Ramesh Bala, “Laal Singh Chaddha” made about Rs 12 million at the box office on its first day.
“Yesterday’s #LaalSinghChaddha opening was low.
All-India Nett Day 1 Early Estimates are approximately Rs 12 million “Tweeted Bala.
The movie competed with Akshay Kumar’s “Raksha Bandhan,” which earned Rs 82 million on day one, at the box office.