Laal Singh Chaddha movie review: A meandering tale
Those who remember 'Forrest Gump' know, pretty much, what's in store for them in 'Laal Singh Chaddha', the official remake of the heavily-decorated 1994 Hollywood dramedy which won Tom Hanks an acting Oscar.
When we first come upon Laal Singh Chaddha, he is in a train, holding on to a box of gol-gappa, or pani-puri, and a backpack full of memories.
Soon Laal succeeds in drawing in the disinterested woman across him, and then the entire compartment.
Given that it is Aamir who is known for his meticulous building of a character, and the source material which overcomes its heavy doses of schmaltz by a superb performance by Hanks, 'Laal Singh Chaddha' should have been a movie we could take home with us.
The flashes of the life-changing events inserts Laal in the proceedings, but this contrived device which led to a mix of eye rolls and wonderment in the original, leaves little impact here.
It's only when Laal Singh Chaddha leaves the dull shackles of his mannerisms, and hits the road that he starts to grow on you.