Today, Aamir Khan, on his 54th birthday, confirmed that he is going to star in the Hindi remake of Hollywood 1994 Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump and revealed its title – Lal Singh Chaddha. The actor spoke about his look for the film, ongoing preparation and how he always wanted to remake this film in Hindi.
But it was Aamir’s revelation of the film’s writer which grabbed eyeballs. “Actor Atul Kulkarni has written Lal Singh Chaddha. When we were shooting for Rang De Basanti (2005-2006), he asked me about my favourite film. I told him it was Forrest Gump. Atul wanted to narrate me a script then, but when he told me it’s Forrest Gump adaption, I was not keen to hear the narration. I heard it after 3 years, and since then, 2009-2010 onwards I am after the Hollywood film’s rights.”
Aamir also revealed that Forrest Gump has always been one of his favourites and he was very keen on making an Indian adaptation for quite some time. “Forrest Gump is one of my favourite films. Always thought if I could make an Indian adaptation, it has to be of this film. I have been trying to get rights for 8 years after chasing Paramount Pictures, who hold all the rights to the 1994 released script”, Aamir said.
Lal Singh Chaddha will be directed by Secret Superstar fame Advait Chandan and produced by Aamir Khan Productions and Viacom 18.