W ere you on or close to Howrah Bridge in the wee hours of Sunday and caught a glimpse of a man, sporting a full beard, running on it? Well, that was Aamir Khan.
The Bollywood superstar — who flew into the city on Saturday evening — canned some portions of the ‘running shots’ of his film Laal Singh Chaddha. The desi adaptation of the 1994 Holly classic Forrest Gump — that followed the personal journey of a simpletion with a low IQ through 30 years of tumultuous American history — has Aamir stepping into the protagonist’s role made memorable by Tom Hanks, which had won the actor an Academy Award.
At around 5.40am on Sunday, Aamir — who has bulked up for the part, like he did earlier for his turns in Ghajini and Dangal — strode on to the bridge, dressed in grey loose-fitting trousers and a purple T-shirt and sporting a white cap — and proceeded to film some shots of him running — a vital segment of the film, as it was in Forrest Gump — even as the crowd count swelled, waiting to catch a glimpse of the man.
At 10.30am, the action shifted to Sitaram Ghosh Street in north Calcutta. Aamir — now wearing a blush pink tee and cream-coloured trousers (right) — again shot some running scenes in a narrow alley, stopping every now and then to wave to the crowd and also oblige young fans with selfies.
Laal Singh Chaddha, directed by Advait Chandan, also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan in the role played by Robin Wright in the original.
The last time Aamir was in Calcutta for a shoot was a decade ago for a quirky promotional campaign for his 2009 film 3 Idiots. The star had first landed up at Sourav Ganguly’s doorstep to prank him under disguise and then shared a meal with the cricketer at his Behala residence.