In 1994, “Forrest Gump” opened in theaters and was a smash hit. A huge financial success, it also took home six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Zemeckis, and Best Actor for Tom Hanks. It’s an undisputed modern American classic. Now, it’s hoping to appeal to a more international audience, as a very unique sort of remake is in the works.
Variety is reporting that Indian star Aamir Khan is mounting a Bollywood version of the Oscar winning movie. This incarnation will be called “Lal Singh Chaddha,” with Khan starring and producing. He’ll play the role that Hanks made famous.
From the article:
Khan announced his involvement on Thursday at a press event in Mumbai held for his 54th birthday. Aamir Khan Productions will co-produce alongside Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. Advait Chandan, who was the first assistant director on AKP’s “Dhobi Ghat” and debuted as director with “Secret Superstar,” will direct.
Khan said that principal photography would start in October, after six months of preparation. The film will release in 2020.
“I have always loved “Forrest Gump” as a script,” said Khan. “It is a wonderful story about this character. It is a life-affirming story. It is a feel good film. It is a film for the whole family.”
“Forrest Gump” is about as crowd-pleasing a film as it gets. A Bollywood version will no doubt up the ante there, though Khan has his work cut out for him, matching Hanks’ charm in the original.