Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha and Taapsee Pannu starrer Shabaash Mithu have been accused of humiliating people with different disabilities. A complaint has been lodged against the two films with the Disability Commissioner’s Court for ‘ridiculous’ comments about people with disabilities. Read also| Laal Singh Chaddha faces complaint for ‘disrespecting Indian military’ and ‘hurting religious feelings’
The complaint was filed by Dr. Satendra Singh, co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities, who also suffers from 70% motor disability. He claimed in his complaint that Laal Singh Chaddha and Shabaash Mithu have violated provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 by making demeaning comments against people with special disabilities.
According to PTI, Dr Satendra Singh shared a copy of the Disability Court Commissioner’s notice about his complaint, but the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment did not confirm the matter. According to the report, the Commissioner’s Court asked for comments from the directors of Laal Singh Chaddha and Shabaash Mithu and the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry on the report.
According to a Times of India report, the complaint questions the use of the word ‘langde/langdi’ (crippled) in the films, which the complainant alleges is used to intentionally humiliate someone rather than indicate a disability. The creators were asked to submit their response within 30 days.
Laal Singh Chaddha, an official adaptation of Tom Hanks starrer Forrest Gump, was released in theaters on August 11. It featured Aamir Khan in the title role of Laal who suffered from a mental handicap in his younger years as well as a physical handicap. In one scene of the film, a group of bullies threaten a young Laal and shout ‘pakad langde ko (catch the cripple)’. The film, which also featured Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya, had previously faced a complaint for “disrespecting the Indian military and hurting Hindu feelings.”
Shabaash Mithu, a biographical sports drama film based on the life of former Test and ODI captain of India’s national cricket team, Mithali Raj, starred Taapsee Pannu as a sportswoman. The film, which also starred Vijay Raaz, was released in theaters on July 15. A song in the film – Masti Takita Dhoom, contains the lyrics “Atki jo tangadi, gol gattam khali, ho gayi langadi (The world spun as I tripped, can’t stop limping).”