Run, Laal, Run: Aamir Khan Stars in ‘Forrest Gump’ in India

Indian actor Aamir Khan loved “Forrest Gump” so much that he is starring in a Hindi remake.

Released in 1994, the original film then swept the Oscars, winning six trophies including Best Picture and Best Actor for Tom Hanks. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth based on the novel by Winston Groom, “Forrest Gump” is the story of a slow-witted but gifted math man who witnesses key points and characters in the history of the United States, such as the Vietnam War, presidents and Elvis Presley.

Nearly 30 years later, the story has been given an Indian makeover – with Khan taking on the role of the titular character “Laal Singh Chaddha” – including converting the line “Run, Forrest, run” to “Run, Laal, run”. ”

“I just remember seeing it a few times in a short time, and it had a profound impact on me,” Khan says. “I loved the character of Forrest. I also loved the way Tom played the part. And it’s a film that has stayed with me.

It took Khan a decade to secure the film rights. But big changes were made to root “Laal Singh Chaddha” in Indian history and culture, with both the Kargil war and the appearance of superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Laal doesn’t think life is like a box of chocolates, instead he likes to quote his mother talking about Golgappas – small circles of stuffed, fried flatbread tasted with spiced water, which has a slightly different meaning to the motto. original.

“(Forrest says) ‘My mum used to say life is like a box of chocolates: you never know which one you’d get.’ And in this one, the English translation is: “My mama used to say that life is like a Golgappa: your stomach fills up, but your heart wants more,” says Khan.

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, “Laal Singh Chadha” also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya.

Khan says he asked Kapoor Khan, who had a successful career spanning over two decades, to try out for the central role of Laal’s friend Rupa D’souza.

“She’s such a big star and she’s never auditioned for a role in her life. But for me to audition for the role is perfectly natural because even I want to see how close I am to the character. So we’re not really testing to see if a person can play or not, but really how suitable the person is for the role. But this is something very unusual in India.

Another big star who makes a small but important appearance in the film is legendary Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan. No audition necessary, because he describes himself.

“We were trying to find an equivalent of Elvis Presley in America. And I think for us it was an obvious choice to go for Shah Rukh because he’s such a big star and everyone loves him so much,” Khan said. “He was really sporty and generous and said, yes, I would love to do that.”

“Laal Singh Chaddha” hits worldwide this month, including 350 screens in the UK, which is a new record for an Indian film.

“I’m really nervous,” admits Khan.

“It’s a film that we made with so much love and care and it was such a difficult film to make. The whole trip was tough but exciting and fun.

Much of that trip was spent sprinting to the finish line — and he “ran a lot,” says Khan.

“For a month and a half we traveled across the country, and every place we went I ran, and Advait as a director was pretty heartless. He was starting a shot and he was in the car, and there was a camera in the car, and I was running and the car was just driving, and it would be a few miles away by the time he said cut. ”

“Laal Singh Chaddha” is released in India, Germany, France, Singapore, UK and US on Thursday.

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