Retired Indian Army officers have taken strong exception to Aamir Khan starrer ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’. Former military officers say that the Indian Army’s Special Force is the best force in the world and no mentally unstable person is recruited in the Indian Army. Let us tell you that in ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’, Aamir Khan played the character of a low IQ Sikh man, who is part of the Indian Army.
The boycott of this film was going on since few days, but after such depiction of special forces of the Indian Army, now retired army personnels have got angry. People who went to see the film say that despite having a shaky mind, ‘Lal’ goes to fight in the Kargil war, whereas in reality it does not happen at all in the Indian Army. On portraying the Army like this, General Ved Malik, who was the Army Chief during the Kargil War, tweeted that anyone who considers our ‘Special Forces’ personnel like McNamara moron, is a moron himself.
Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni (Retd.), who held the post of Director General of the Army’s Infantry Department, said in a conversation with an English channel, “I have no doubt about Aamir Khan’s acting, but he can’t show Sikhs or any soldier in this kind of life.This is sheer insult to the Indian Army. We are a very professional army, unlike the American or Vietnamese army.” He said that if you are showing fiction then show it entirely and if you are showing truth then show it right. Lt. Gen. Kulkarni described Aamir’s character in ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’ as ‘extremely disgraceful’.
Having held many important posts like Commander of Chinar Corps, CO of Rajputana Rifles and DGMO Lt. Gen. KJS Dhillon (Retd.) also termed this 1994 adaptation of ‘Forrest Gump’ as reprehensible and said that the adaptation could not be so disrespectful for any one, especially the highly professional ‘Special Forces’ of the Indian Army. Not only veterans, former England spinner Monty Panesar, who is a Sikh, also expressed his anger that Forrest Gump fits into the US Army, as the US was recruiting low IQ men to meet the requirements for the Vietnam War. This film is an insult to Indian Army and Sikhs.
It is known that ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’, which was released on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, was seen struggling to garner audiences in cinema halls despite being a holiday. While the makers had an estimate of 25-30 crores on the first day and film critics believed that the film would comfortably do business of 17-20 crores on the opening day. But their hopes were dashed when the first day’s earnings were only 12 crores.