"In spite of that, she is playing his mother."
Social media users have criticised Laal Singh Chaddha‘s makers over the casting of Mona Singh.
Since the trailer was released, the film has been drawing negative reactions.
Now, netizens have questioned the casting of Mona Singh as Laal’s mother in the film, despite the actress being 17 years younger than Aamir Khan.
Many took to Twitter and Reddit to criticise the makers.
They also pointed out Bollywood’s habit of casting younger actors in senior roles instead of casting older actors.
One Reddit user posted a picture of the two actors and their ages, writing:
“Magic of cinema.”
This led to a discussion among users.
One person asked: “Why not cast an age-appropriate person instead of doing all the work to make them younger/older?”
A Twitter user said: “Mona Singh who is younger than Aamir Khan, more than 17 years younger than him.
“In spite of that, she is playing his mother. So what about senior actors, they do not deserve any work, so shameful for this film.”
Another comment read: “Bollywood men refuse to age, even the so-called greatest of all.
“Aamir doesn’t have the self-awareness! Laughable and shameful!”
One user said it was a problem but believes Mona Singh can pull off the performance.
“Yep, that’s problematic but I’m sure Mona Singh must have nailed the role.”
One person pointed out that Mona is also younger than Kareena Kapoor, who plays Laal’s love interest in the film.
The user wrote: “Not to mention younger than Kareena who would be her daughter-in-law in the film.”
One person blamed the audience for the casting choice.
“The audience is the biggest culprit here IMO.
“As long as they are ok with these actors playing the lead role on screen and romancing younger actresses, they will continue to be bankable at the box office.”
While some people slammed the casting choice, others defended it.
One person felt there was no problem with it, stating that Nargis Dutt played Sunil Dutt’s mother in Mother India, despite only a one-year age difference.
The user said: “Nargis Dutt and Sunil Dutt had an age difference of a year, she played his mom in Mother India.
“What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with Mona Singh playing Aamir’s mom in Laal Singh Chaddha?
“I feel actors play characters; their job is to give life to a story. Enjoy the film.”
Laal Singh Chaddha has faced a lot of criticism, mainly due to the fact that it is an adaptation of Tom Hanks’ classic Forrest Gump.
Many slammed Aamir Khan for his lack of originality.
Others were also critical of Aamir’s acting, pointing out that his facial expressions in the trailer were similar in Dhoom 3 and PK.
His facial expressions also received backlash, with many accusing him of “mocking” differently-abled people.
Laal Singh Chaddha is set to release on August 11, 2022.