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Boycotted In India, Laal Singh Chaddha's Overseas Success Tells A Different Tale

While the film was boycotted in India and was a flop at the Box Office, its overseas success is a different story.  
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  • Krati Purwar
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Published -23 Aug 2022, 14:19 ISTUpdated -23 Aug 2022, 14:31 IST
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#BoycottBollywood has become a mainstay on Twitter. It trended for Laal Singh Chaddha, followed by calls for boycott for films like Raksha Bandhan, Dobaaraa and Brahmastra.

Aamir Khan, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar and other actors and directors have spoken on the issue, but it only ever adds fuel to the fire.

Amid all this boycott rage, Aamir and Kareena starrer Laal Singh Chaddha was also trolled. Despite its ₹66.11 crores worth of domestic earnings, it was declared a flop at the box office. But it has now become the highest-grossing Hindi film of 2022 thanks to its overseas success.

Laal Singh Chaddha’s Overseas Success

 
 
 
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According to Bollywood Hungama, Laal Singh Chaddha is the highest-grossing film of 2022 overseas. It has earned $7.5 million, approximately ₹59.89 crores. Combining the domestic and overseas earnings, the film has bagged around ₹125.99 crores. 

If we consider only overseas earnings, Laal Singh Chaddha has left behind the highest domestic grossing films of this year. In ascending order, Jugjugg Jeeyo bagged $4.33 million, The Kashmir Files earned $5.7 million, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 pegged $5.88 million and Gangubai Kathiawadi collected $7.47 million in the international market.

#BoycottLaalSinghChaddha

Trolls called for the boycott of Laal Singh Chaddha because of an old comment made by Aamir Khan about India being an intolerable country. Further, Bebo’s comment about trolls and cancel culture gave another ammunition to people calling for the boycotting of the film. She had only said, “Everyone has to learn to ignore certain things.”

The film is an adaptation of the Hollywood classic Forrest Gump. Many applauded Khan for his guts and called the movie a beautiful adaptation. Actors like Hrithik Roshan and Sushmita Sen urged fans to watch the film, however, the former actor faced backlash from the audience as well. 

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#BoycottBollywood

With Laal Singh Chaddha, the #BoycottBollywood hashtag also started trending. A section of Twitterati and other social media users joined in without any concrete reasons as usual. Nowadays, the trend also takes a communal angle.

 

Some have even compared the storylines of Bollywood films with Tollywood movies. Trolls have gone as far as bashing actors for posting their maternity shoots and have called them shameless. Some critics compared Hindi film actresses with Tollywood actresses and found the latter more rooted in their culture for not flaunting their baby bumps. 

 

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In an interview with Mid-Day, Alia Bhatt spoke about being a star kid. She said, “I can’t keep defending myself verbally. And if you don’t like me, don’t watch me.” This is one of the reasons for the #BoycottBrahmastra trend on Twitter. 

Currently, social media users are also targeting Pathaan, Tiger 3, and Vikram Vedha. They have pledged to boycott these films and make them commercial flops.

 

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