‘Laal Singh Chaddha’: Atul Kulkarni has penned the Indian adaptation of ‘Forrest Gump’
Keeping with the tradition of celebrating his birthday with the media, Aamir Khan today had a candid interaction with them, where he made the announcement of his next film ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’. For the uninitiated, this film is going to be an Indian adaptation of Tom Hank’s cult classic film ‘Forrest Gump’.
‘Laal Singh Chaddha‘ is the tentative title and it will be helmed by the ‘Secret Superstar’ director Advait Chandan. And Guess what? It’s none other than National Award-winning actor Atul Kulkarni who has written the film. It so happened that while working together in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s ‘Rang De Basanti’, Aamir shared with Atul his admiration and love for ‘Forrest Gump’.
Atul immediately started writing the adaptation’s script and within 10 days he came up with the script. But Aamir laughed it off thinking that how can an actor write a script so fast. It was almost after three years that Aamir actually heard the script and he loved it. Post that the actor approached the makers of ‘Forrest Gump’ for rights but it took him almost eight years to acquire the rights.
The Tom Hank starrer is based on Winston Groom’s 1986 novel of the same name, follows the protagonist, a dim-witted man from Alabama, who witnesses and unwittingly influences several historical events in the 20th century USA.
In the adapted version we will see Aamir in a slim avatar. For some part of the film, he will also be sporting a turban. ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ will be produced by Paramount Pictures, Viacom18 and Aamir Khan Productions. It is expected to hit the theatres in 2020.
Atul Kulkarni is a great actor and we are pretty sure that he must have given his best shot at writing ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’. We just can’t wait to watch this film now.