Bollywood’s history with remaking Hollywood movies has been pretty abysmal. And while director Sanjay Gupta might be the greatest offender, the blame shouldn’t fall solely on him because of the existence of “gems” like ‘Murder’, ‘God Tussi Great Ho’, ‘Knock Out’, ‘Players’ and ‘Partner’. But have we learnt anything from it? Nope, because Aamir Khan is making another one.
According to News18, Aamir Khan has announced that he will star in the official Bollywood remake of Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Forrest Gump’.
The 1994 movie, featuring Tom Hanks, was based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. It showcased the life of Gump, who went through various trials, tribulations and triumphs. The movie went onto win 6 Oscars and is obviously an all-time favourite of many.
Now, the Bollywood remake will be helmed by ‘Secret Superstar’ director Advait Chandan and is tentatively titled ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’. Aamir has said that he’ll be donning a turban for the film, but for a brief portion only.
DNA India reported that ‘Laal Singh Chadha’ will be co-produced by Aamir Khan Production and Viacom18 Motion Pictures. Khan told the reporters that,
“We have bought the rights from Paramount. We have started the prep work on the film. The shoot will start from October. I will be prepping for six months. I have to lose weight. I will be losing 20 kgs. I have to be lean and slim.”
He further added that,
“I have always loved ‘Forrest Gump’ as a script. 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.”
Personally, I feel that one should decide to remake a film when there’s room for improvement. Now as ‘Forrest Gump’ is already a perfect piece of art, it’s beyond me why Aamir Khan has decided to remake it. And given how he has already botched up the loose remakes of ‘The Prestige’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, I’m worried what he’s going to do this time. But maybe there’s an audience for ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ who’ll enjoy and celebrate it.