‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ & ‘Shabaash Mithu’ Attract Legal Trouble Yet Again

Khan’s film has managed to overtake hits such as ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’, and ‘The Kashmir Files’ at the worldwide box office.

Boycott threats aside, Laal Singh Chaddha received mammoth flak from the audience for Aamir Khan’s absurd portrayal of the lead character. Now in a new development, the film has landed itself in legal trouble. A complaint has been filed against Khan’s film along with Taapsee Pannu-starrer Shabaash Mithu.

 

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Filed in the court of the commissioner for persons with disabilities, the films in question have been accused of allegedly ridiculing differently-abled people. Dr. Satendra Singh, a co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities, filed the case. Singh, himself, suffers from 70 percent locomotor disability, and claims that the films transgress provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 through belittling remarks against specially-abled people.

 

The complainant is seeking comments from the directors of Laal Singh Chadha and Shabaash Mithu, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), and the Union information and broadcasting ministry on the subject.

Laal Singh Chaddha is the official remake of Forrest Gump, which starred Tom Hanks in the lead role. Interestingly, while LSC was declared a flop at the domestic box office, the film has been doing wonders internationally. Reports suggest that the Forrest Gump remake is currently the highest-grossing Hindi film of 2022 in the international markets. Khan’s film has managed to overtake hits such as Gangubai Kathiawadi, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, and The Kashmir Files at the worldwide box office.

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Laal Singh Chaddha managed to earn $7.5 million (Rs 59 crore) in over a week of release worldwide. Gangubai Kathiawadi had earned $7.47 million) while Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 made $5.88 million, and The Kashmir Files raked $5.7 million. Each of those three movies was a major hit in India. Laal Singh Chaddha’s worldwide gross now stands at Rs 126 crore while back at home it has been able to make a little over Rs 55 crore. 

 

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