On his 54th birthday today, Bollywood star Aamir Khan confirmed that he is set to co-produce and star in the Hindi remake of the Tom Hanks starrer Hollywood comedy-drama Forrest Gump (1994). To be directed by Secret Superstar (2017) fame Advait Chandan, the Hindi remake has been titled Lal Singh Chaddha.
Khan revealed that he had been trying to acquire the Hindi remake rights of the film from Paramount Pictures for eight years. His production house Aamir Khan Productions will be co-producing the movie with Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
“My next film is finalised and it is called Lal Singh Chaddha. It is being made by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Aamir Khan Productions together. It will be directed by Advait Chandan. It is an adaptation of Hollywood film Forrest Gump. We have bought the rights from Paramount… I am playing the lead role of Lal Singh,” Khan told reporters at his residence in Mumbai.
When asked about when the film starts rolling, the superstar said, “We have started the prep work on the film. The shoot will start in October. I will be prepping for six months. I have to lose weight. I will be losing 20 kgs. I have to be lean and slim.”
Aamir Khan, who is known for delivering some of the finest films of recent times, was last seen in Thugs Of Hindostan (2018). Despite being made on a huge scale and backing of Yash Raj Films, the movie did not fare well at the box-office, adding a flop to his repertoire after a long period.
Laal Singh Chaddha will be entirely shot in India.