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Aamir Khan talks about the difficulties and comparison of Laal Singh Chaddha with Forrest Gump

Aamir Khan is all set to make his grand comeback on the bigscreen with his much anticipated film Laal Singh Chaddha after four years. The film which also features Kareena Kapoor Khan in the female lead is written by Atul Kulkarni, and it is the official Indian adaptation of Tom Hanks’ Oscar Winning Forrest Gump.

Aamir recently discussed about the comparison at a recent roundtable with the media. He said, “There will always be comparisons. We have managed to make the film we want to. Let’s see what the audience says.”

When asked whether he has plans to show the film to Hanks, Aamir said, “I have written to Tom Hanks. I have got feedback from his team that they are checking his schedule for that. I would really love to show the film to him as I am curious about how he would react.”

The two actors previously met in 2015 during a meeting with Steven Spielberg while the Jurassic Park director was filming Bridge of Spies in Germany with Tom Hanks. Spielberg introduced Khan to Hanks, calling him the “James Cameron of India.” He also stated that he knew Khan and was familiar with his work. He also stated that he has seen his film 3 Idiots several times.

Laal Singh Chaddh is directed by filmmaker Advait Chandan. It is produced by Aamir Khan Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures. The original film was distributed by Paramount Pictures, who will also be the overseas distributor for Laal Singh Chaddha. The actor says, “The team at Paramount Pictures saw the film and they have really liked it. They decided to distribute the film globally and we couldn’t be happier.”

“A film like Forrest Gump that is a cult classic is difficult to adapt. That is why I didn’t listen to the script for 2 years. It like saying ‘let’s remake Mughal-E-Azam’. But when I heard the script, I was blown. I decided that this is something that I really want to make.”

Aamir also said that remaking a classic like Forrest Gump comes its own set of difficulties, which is why he was first hesitant to hear the screenplay.

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