Time to get off that bench, “Forrest Gump” has to run to Bollywood.
15 Mar – Run, Forrest, run! All the way to India, where Bollywood star Aamir Khan is set to remake “Forrest Gump” into a Hindi-language movie.
The 54-year-old actor celebrated his birthday yesterday with the announcement of the remake, which will be titled “Laal Singh Chadha”.
While the Oscar-winning Hollywood version starred Tom Hanks as the titular character, Khan himself will take on the lead role this time, according to Indian Spice. Khan also shared he is now on a 6-month long diet as his starring role will require him to shed 20 kilograms off his current weight.
In addition to starring, he will also be producing under his Aamir Khan Productions banner alongside Viacom 18.
Aamir Khan as seen in one of his high-grossing movies, “Dangal”.
Khan said that they have bought the movie rights from Paramount Pictures and will begin production on it this September.
No other cast members have been announced at the moment but it is known that Advait Chandan, who was Khan’s manager before making his directorial debut with 2017’s “Secret Superstar”, will be helming the remake.
“Laal Singh Chadha” is currently slated to make its run in cinemas next year.
The original “Forrest Gump”, adapted from Winston Groom’s 1986 novel of the same name, was released in 1994. It won Hanks a Best Actor accolade at the 67th Academy Awards, where the comedy drama also took home Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects and Best Film Editing.