Aamir Khan discusses how he was criticised by fans for not casting older ladies and for having Mona Singh play his mother in Laal Singh Chaddha.
Laal Singh Chaddha, Aamir Khan’s forthcoming film, is ready for release. Fans have been excitedly anticipating the movie’s premiere ever since the teaser debuted. On the one hand, the movie is getting a lot of praise now that the trailer and the songs are out, but there have also been a number of issues with the movie that have prompted questions.
One among the subjects was the role of Aamir’s mother that young Mona Singh played in Laal Singh Chaddha. The PK actor discussed the age difference and this problem in a recent media interview.
Aamir Khan immediately reacted by adding that it’s a really sad thing being uttered after hearing this query. He continued by saying that Mona Singh, who is portraying a young mother, did a terrific job. The actor wonders how it is unacceptable given that Laal is a small girl when she sits on her lap. Mona is not portraying Aamir’s mother, he added. In your mind, she is Aamir’s mother, but the actor claims that in their thoughts, Laal was her son.
Aamir went on to say that while Laal was born in 1971, in their imaginations, Aamir was 57 years old. Additionally, Mother of Laal grows up and becomes a mother to a small boy.
The reporters continued by saying that online users contrasted the ages of Mona Singh and Aamir Khan. Aamir then continued, “I want to ask you a question that as an actor, as a creative person, if I’m looking 103, which I’m supposed to, why is my age inappropriate to play the role? Just because I am 57. What is the logic? Age specefic kya hota hai actor ke liye? Actor ka toh yeh kamaal hota hai ke woh kuch bi age ka ho aur kuch bi age lage. (It is the beauty of the actor to look any age on the screen despite their real age.) Kya baat kar rahe ho aap log? Yeh toh Mona Singh ka kamaal hai. (This is Mona Singh’s brilliance.) Jab aap dekhoge toh aapko lagega ke badi young lag rahi hai, phir aapko lagega ke yeh toh badi old bhi dikh rahi hai. Yeh toh uska kamaal hai. Aap uska kamaal cheen rahe hain usse. (When you will see the film then you will see that she is looking very young, you will also feel that she is looking old as well. It is her brilliance. You are snatching away her good work.) Bohot wrong kar rahe ho. Agar main Mona hota toh, main boht disturb ho jata.”
Aamir Khan continued by responding to Neena Gupta’s remark that they weren’t given such roles since older women were receiving younger roles. “This is a larger discussion. I personally feel that if I am directing a film, talking as a creative person, if I feel this person is correct for this role, and as far as the age is concerned, I am going to deal with how old that person looks, male or female irrelevant, then that’s my choice. I am the director. Agar aapko kisi aur ko cast karna hai, toh aap bana lijiye na film.”
Additionally, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Naga Chaitanya play significant parts in Laal Singh Chaddha. The movie is scheduled to debut on August 11.