Laal Singh Chaddha, starring Aamir Khan, and Shabaash Mithu, starring Taapsee Pannu, have encountered legal issues weeks after their releases. Despite being released over the long weekend on August 11, LSC and Raksha Bandhan, which stars Akshay Kumar, failed to do well at the box office. Taapsee’s sports drama biography had already been published about a month before. The movie, which was based on the life of Mithali Raj, the captain of the women’s cricket team, also did poorly at the box office.
Shabaash Mithu is helmed by Srijit Mukherji and also stars Vijay Raaz, Brijendra Kala, Inayat Verma and others in pivotal roles.
Returning to the subject, a complaint has been made against Shabaash Mithu and Laal Singh Chaddha in the court of the commissioner for persons with disabilities for “allegedly” making fun of individuals with disabilities in the movie. According to recent media reports, Dr. Satendra Singh, co-founder of Doctors with Disabilities and a person who has a 70% locomotor disability, filed a complaint against these films because they violated the rights of people with disabilities by making derogatory remarks about those who are specially abled.
According to Hindustan Times, “Dr Satendra Singh shared a copy of the notice issued by the court of commissioner for persons with disabilities on his complaint, but the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment did not provide any confirmation on the matter. According to the notice, the court of commissioner sought comments from the directors of Laal Singh Chaddha and Shabaash Mithu and the Union information and broadcasting ministry on the notice.”
The trouble has been triggered over the usage of ‘langde/langdi’ (crippled) in the films. The makers have been given 30 days for their response.
Speaking about Laal Singh Chaddha, in the film a group of bullies are seen shouting at young Laal saying “’pakad langde ko (catch the cripple)’, while in Taapsee Pannu’s sports drama, a song Masti Takita Dhoom consists of lyrics like “Atki jo tangadi, gol gattam khali, ho gayi langadi (The world spun as I tripped, can’t stop limping).”