L.A, 2022-08-11 10:01:15. ‘Forrest Gump’: Indian actor Aamir Khan to star in remake
Indian actor Aamir Khan enjoyed ‘Forrest Gump’ so much that he starred in the Hindi remake.
The original film was released in 1994 and won Academy Awards, taking home six awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Hanks. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth based on Winston Groom’s novel, “Forrest Gump,” the story of a slow-witted but athletically gifted man who witnesses key points and characters in US history, such as the Vietnam War, the Presidents, and Elvis Presley.
Nearly 30 years later, the story was given an Indian twist – with Khan taking on the role of titular character “Laal Singh Chaddha” – including turning the “Run, Forrest, run” line into “Run, Laal, run.”
“I only remember seeing her twice in a short period, and it had such a profound effect on me,” Khan says. “I loved the character of Forrest. I loved the way Tom played the role, too. And it’s a movie that stayed with me.”
It took a decade for Khan to obtain the film rights. But major changes have been made to root ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ in Indian history and culture, with the emergence of both Kargil War and superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Lal doesn’t think life is like a box of chocolates, but rather likes to quote his mother talking about Golgappas—small circles of flatbread stuffed and fried, enjoyed with spiced water, which has a slightly different meaning than the original slogan.
(says Forrest) “My mother used to say that life is like a box of chocolates: you never know which one you are going to get.” In this translation, the English translation is, “My mother used to say that life is like a guljapa: your stomach is full, but your heart desires More,” Khan explains.
He says writer Atul Kulkarni was adapting what was “essentially American” into something “essentially Indian and very relevant to us culturally”.
Directed by Advait Chandan, “Lalal Singh Chadha” stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya.
Khan says he has asked Kapoor Khan, who has had a successful career for over two decades, to try out the pivotal role of Lal’s girlfriend, Rupa D’Souza.
“She’s a huge star and has never been auditioned for a part of her life. But for me, auditioning for the part is totally normal because I even want to see how close I am to the character. So we’re not really a test to see if a person can act or not, but in The truth is how fit a person is for that part. But that’s something very unusual in India.”
Another big star who made a small but significant appearance in the movie is the legendary Indian actor Shahrukh Khan. No need to perform, as it depicts itself.
“We were trying to find the equivalent of Elvis Presley in America,” says Khan. “I think it was an obvious choice for us to go to SRK, because he’s a huge star and everyone loves him so much.” “He was really athletic and generous and said, ‘Yeah, I’d like to do that.'”
‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is showing around the world this month – including 350 screens in the UK, a new record for an Indian film.
“I’m really nervous,” admits Khan.
“It’s a movie we made with a lot of love and care and it was a very difficult movie to make. The whole journey was challenging but exciting and fun.”
Much of that trip was spent sprinting toward the finish line — and “running a lot,” says Khan.
“For a month and a half we’d been traveling across the country, and everywhere we went I’d run, and Advait as a heartless director would have been a camera in the car, and I’d run and the car would just drive, and you’d be a few kilometers away by the time he said cut.”
‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ releases in India, Germany, France, Singapore, UK and US on Thursday.
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