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All set for ‘Forrest Gump’

It was superstar Aamir Khan’s 54th birthday yesterday but, as it turned out, his fans and the Hindi film audiences are the ones who received an excellent gift!

After the box office failure of his previous release, ‘Thugs of Hindostan’, for which he has taken full responsibility, the actor informed the press that his next film will be a Hindi adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’ 1994 Tom Hanks-starrer Hollywood blockbuster, ‘Forrest Gump’.

Khan, known for being a perfectionist and an actor who is very selective with films, has often been compared to Hanks in the past. While there have been rumours of this adaptation doing the rounds through the last few months, Khan made it official at a press conference in Mumbai; he was accompanied by his filmmaker-wife Kiran Rao.

Tentatively titled ‘Lal Singh Chadha’, the film is being produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Aamir Khan Productions together. Filmmaker Advait Chandan, who has previously worked with Khan on ‘Secret Superstar’ will be directing the film while actor Atul Kulkarni will be the writing the screenplay. In fact, it was Kulkarni who had introduced the idea of this adaptation to Khan while the two actors worked on ‘Rang De Basanti’ (2006).

“Atul approached me with the adaptation script later on but I did not take him seriously. I read the script after two and a half years and loved it. After that, I went behind taking the right of the movie," Khan said.

Having set his eyes on this adaptation since then, Khan has confirmed that he has acquired the rights to adapt ‘Forrest Gump’ from Paramount Pictures. The film’s shooting is slated to begin in October. The 2014 South Korean film ‘Ode To My Father’ was also an adaptation of ‘Forrest Gump’ and has recently been remade into the Salman Khan starrer ‘Bharat’.


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