Aamir Khan’s recent release Laal Singh Chaddha didn’t go as per the actor’s expectations at the box office. The movie failed terribly despite being hailed by critics for a brilliant cinematic experience. There were many factors that led the movie to go down in graphs.
One of the major reasons was pointed out by Punjabi Superstar Singer-Actor-Director & Producer (One Man Army) Gippy Grewal. Gippy stated in an interview given to DNA, that Aamir’s accent was one of the prominent reasons that led to the failure of the movie which boasts a brilliant storyline.
Gippy Grewal revealed that he suggested the makers of Laal Singh Chaddha to re-dub Aamir’s Punjabi dialect parts. However, Gippy’s suggestions were initially considered but later dropped by the makers as they continued with the original dub in the final release.
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He said, “I agree with the fact that Aamir Khan’s Punjabi accent has drawn criticism, and when we were working on the dialogues for the film, we had the correct accent and diction.”
Gippy Grewal and his team helped the makers of Laal Singh Chaddha to pen down the script of the movie. Gippy said, “My team including Rana Ranbir helped them in writing Punjabi dialogues. But once I saw the rushes of the film, I suggested they should re-dub for getting the right Punjabi. They agreed with me, but they didn’t change it. Maybe they thought that it was perfect for the character, but there has been a certain disconnect over there.”
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Lal Singh Chaddha is the Hindi remake of the 1994 Hollywood film Forrest Gump. The Hindi remake stars Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in lead roles. Lal Singh Chaddha released on August 11 and only grossed ₹51.89 Cr. in eight days of its release.
Speaking of Bollywood films and the failure of big budget films like Lal Singh Chaddha and Raksha Bandhan, the actor said, “The audience is the kingmaker. Even our films missed the mark. Sometimes we don’t get the opening, and sometimes people don’t get the tickets for the film. So I think it boils down to content, uss mein gadbad hai, and they should accept it.”
Gippy blamed ‘corporates’ for causing harm to filmmaking. He said, “When I work in Bombay, I usually have this argument with the corporate people here. They come up with statistics, budgets, and calculations. But creativity can’t be controlled by these measures. I believe that filmmaking comes from the heart, and here, people make films from their brains.”
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Punjabi Superstar also added, “You can pen down a script, but not calculations. They come up with their assumptions first. “The film should have XYZ opening, ‘it should collect 100 crores,’ ‘you have to make the film under this budget.’ But what if the maker’s vision is beyond their norms? They don’t create films, they complete a project. That interest, that hunger of seeing something new, something unique isn’t there in them. I think that’s where the problem lies.”
Gippy Grewal’s much awaited comedy movie ‘Yaar Mera Titliyaan Warga’ starring Tanu Grewal will be released in theaters on September 2.