Khan's Indian Forrest Gump remake slammed for 'disrespect'

Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan's long-awaited remake of Forrest Gump has faced flack for its portrayal of the Indian military and Hinduism, according to local reports.

Khan released the trailer for Laal Singh Chaddha two months ago, an Indian take on the 1994 hit movie.

The original starred Tom Hanks and followed the life of a kind-hearted but simple former US army conscript.

A Delhi-based lawyer has now filed a police complaint against Khan, Paramount Pictures, and others involved in the Indian remake for allegedly "disrespecting the Indian Army and hurting Hindu sentiments", according to The Print.

"In the movie, the makers have depicted that a mentally challenged person was allowed to join Army to fight in the Kargil War," lawyer Vineet Jindal said in his complaint.

"It is a well-known fact that the best army personnel were sent to fight the Kargil war and rigorously trained army personnel fought the war but the movie makers intentionally depicted the said situation to demoralise and defame the Indian army."

The complainant also picked out other scenes he claims insulted Hinduism, the faith followed by the vast majority of Indians, including the line: "Puja path is malaria, it causes riots." Puja path is an act of worship for a Hindu idol.

"This statement shows his intent of waging war and activating enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion which is against the ideology of a secular democratic country like and also mischief against Indian army which is a criminal offence as per the law of the land," the complaint added.

Laal Singh Chaddha is Khan's first movie in four years and stars Kareena Kapoor, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya.

India's Hindu nationalist government has been accused of targeting Muslims, by abolishing autonomy for the disputed Muslim-majority state of Kashmir, demolishing houses belonging to Muslims, and promoting fiery sectarian rhetoric.

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