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Aamir Khan in a picture of Lal Singh Chadha. The actor says he didn’t listen to the script initially because he didn’t want to remake a classic film like Forrest Gump.
Aamir Khan met Tom Hanks in 2015 with Steven Spielberg while the Jurassic Park director was shooting Bridge of Spice.
Aamir Khan is returning to the big screen after four years with Lal Singh Chadha. The film, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, has created a lot of buzz on social media. Written by Atul Kulkarani, it is the official Indian adaptation of Tom Hanks’ Oscar-winning Forrest Gump. In a recent roundtable with the media, Khan, who plays the lead in the film, spoke about the comparison. “There will always be comparisons. We have managed to make a film that we want. Let’s see what the audience says.”
When asked by News18.com if he plans to show Lal Singh Chadha to Hanks, Khan said, “I have written to Tom Hanks. I have got feedback from his team that he will be his for him. Checking the schedule. I’d really love to show him the movie because I’m curious about how he’ll react.
The two actors met in 2015 during a meeting with Steven Spielberg while the Jurassic Park director was filming Bridge of Spies in Germany with Hanks. Spielberg introduced Khan to Hanks and called him the ‘James Cameron of India’. The Cast Away actor also said that he knows Khan and is familiar with his work. He added that he has seen his film Three Idiots many times.
The Hindi version is directed by filmmaker Advaita Chandan. It is produced by Aamir Khan Productions and Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. The original film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, who will also be Lal Singh Chadha’s overseas distributor. Says the actor, “The team at Paramount Pictures saw the film and really liked it. They decided to distribute the film globally and we couldn’t be happier.”
The Dangal actor also admitted that adapting a classic like Forrest Gump comes with its own challenges, which is why he was initially reluctant to listen to the script. “A film like Forrest Gump, which is a cult classic, is difficult to adapt. That’s why I didn’t hear the script for 2 years. It’s like, ‘Let’s remake Mughal-e-Azam.’ But when I heard the script, I was blown away.” I decided that this was something I really wanted to do.
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