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Ran, Laal, Ran: Indian movie Forrest Gump starring Aamir Khan

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Hillary Fox

Indian actor Aamir Khan enjoyed "Forrest Gump" so much that he starred in the Hindi remake.

The original film, released in 1994, swept the Oscars and earned Tom his six trophies, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Hanks. Directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Eric Roth, based on Winston Groom's novel Forrest Gump. and Elvis Presley.

About 30 years later, the story was reworked in an Indian style. Khan played the role of the famous character 'Lal Singh Chadda' and translated the line 'Run away, Forrest'. , run" to "run, lal, run".

``I remember watching it a few times in a short span. , that's the movie that was with me."

It took Khan ten years to get the film rights. Major changes have been made with Kargil War and superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

Laal sees his life as nothing like a box of chocolates. Instead, he likes to quote his mother talking about Golgappa. original motto.

``(Forrest says) ``My mom used to say life was like a box of chocolates. No." , "My mom used to say life is like Golgappa: It fills your stomach but leaves your heart wanting more," Khan explains.

He says writer Atul Kulkarni was adapting what was "essentially American" into something "typically Indian and very relevant to us culturally." .

Lal Singh Chadda, directed by Advate Chandan, also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mona Singh and Naga Chaitanya.

Khan says he asked Kapoor Khan, who has had a successful career for over 20 years, to try his hand at the pivotal role of Raal's friend Rupa D'Souza.

"She's a very big star and has never auditioned in her life. But I want to know how close I am to the character, so it's only natural for her to audition." So it's not actually testing whether the person can act or not, but actually testing how well the person is suited for the role...but that's very unusual in India.

Another big star who makes a small but significant appearance in the film is legendary Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan. Since he's portraying himself, no audition is required.

"We were looking for an American equivalent of Elvis Presley, and I think Shah Rukh was the obvious choice for us, because he "Because he's such a big star and everyone loves him so much," says Khan. }

"Lal Singh Chadda" will be released worldwide this month. This includes 350 screens in the UK, a new record for Indian cinema.

"I'm very nervous," Khan admits.

"This is a film that we put a lot of love and care into making, and it has been a very challenging film. The whole journey has been difficult, but exciting and fun."

Much of that journey was spent sprinting toward the finish line — and he "runs a lot," Khan says.

"For a month and a half we were traveling all over the country, running wherever I went. Advertisement as a director was utterly ruthless. He We started the shot and he was in the car, there was a camera in the car and I was running and the car was just driving.” It will be released in India, Germany, France, Singapore, UK and US on Thursday.