As hinted at in the Laal Singh Chaddha movie trailer, Forrest Gump’s story is recreated in India
“My mamma used to say, ‘Life is just like a golgappa. Your tummy might feel full, but your heart always craves more.’”
If that seems somewhat similar, it’s because Laal Singh Chaddha is a Hindi-language adaptation of Forrest Gump, which won the 1994 Best Picture Award for Tom Hanks and was itself based on the Winston Groom novel.
Advait Chandan is in charge of directing Laal Singh Chaddha, a film that is produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Kiran Rao, and Viacom18 Studios in association with Paramount Pictures.
To create a “life-affirming story chronicling the extraordinary life of an ordinary man,” Laal Singh Chaddha confesses that it is a retelling of Forrest Gump “through the lens of India’s modern history and culture.”
“With a childhood marked by a unique bond between Laal and his single mother, tempered with strong values, the story follows Laal’s journey of love, innocence, and destiny as he triumphs over life’s many challenges. As he wins the hearts of those he meets along the way, he reminds us that everyone, even the most unlikely of people, has a story.”
Laal Singh Chaddha, which was directed by Advait Chandan and starring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, was filmed in more than 100 locations across India. In addition, Mona Singh plays the adored mother of Laal Singh Chaddha.
The Winston Groom tale served as the inspiration for the first Forrest Gump. The movie adaption, which Robert Zemeckis directed and Eric Roth wrote, was released in 1994. In the film, Tom Hanks plays one of his most well-known roles and wins the Best Actor Oscar. Additionally, the movie took home awards for Best Picture, Zemeckis’ Best Director, Roth’s Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing. Additionally, it was widely praised and a huge box office success.
Despite its box office success, Forrest Gump did not receive an official sequel. Given that a literary sequel named Gump & Co. was released a year after the movie, it wouldn’t have been out of the question. Although there had been discussions about turning the book into a movie, Hanks and Zemeckis eventually decided against making Forrest Gump 2. The sequel was abandoned in the immediate wake of a terrorist incident in 2001, claims screenwriter Eric Roth.
“I turned it in the day before 9/11,” Roth said of the screenplay, via Kevin Polowy. “Tom and I and (director Robert Zemeckis) got together on 9/11 to sort of commiserating about how life was in America and how tragic it was. And we looked at each other and said, ‘This movie has no meaning anymore,’ in that sense.”
Roth added, “I had (Forrest) in the back of (O.J. Simpson’s) Bronco. He would look up occasionally, but they didn’t see him in the rearview mirror, and then he’d pop down. I had him as a really good ballroom dancer, he could do the (rotation) ballroom dancing. And then eventually, just as sort of a charity kind of thing, he danced with Princess Diana.”
Even if there isn’t a sequel, the Indian adaptation will probably draw viewers’ attention back to the first Forrest Gump. On August 11, 2022, Laal Singh Chaddha will premiere in theatres.