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Laal Singh Chaddha ‘faithful’ Indian adaptation of Forrest Gump: AMPAS

The Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan-starrer is an official Hindi remake of the 1994 film Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks
Aamir Khan in Laal Singh Chaddha
Aamir Khan in Laal Singh Chaddha

PTI   |   California/Mumbai   |   Published 15.08.22, 10:18 AM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) has described Laal Singh Chaddha as a “faithful” Indian adaptation of the Hollywood film Forrest Gump.

Directed by Advait Chandan of Secret Superstar fame and adapted by noted actor Atul Kulkarni, Laal Singh Chaddha is the official remake of the 1994 Tom Hanks-starrer.

Aamir Khan headlines the Hindi version of the American movie which had featured Hanks as the titular character Forrest.

The Academy on Saturday shared a video montage of the two films on its official Twitter page.

“Robert Zemeckis and Eric Roth's sweeping story of a man who changes the world with kindness receives a faithful Indian adaptation in Advait Chandan and Atul Kulkarni's Laal Singh Chaddha' feat. Aamir Khan in the role made famous by Tom Hanks,” the California-based institution said.

“We're immensely humbled! Thank you so much," tweeted Aamir Khan Productions, one of the banners behind Laal Singh Chaddha.

The Hindi adaptation, which released on August 11, revolves around the life of slow-witted but kind hearted man Laal (Aamir) as he narrates the important events of his life, which coincides with the many iconic events from Indian history.

Based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom, Forrest Gump was directed by Robert Zemeckis and adapted to screen by Eric Roth.

Forrest Gump was nominated for 13 Oscars including six wins for best actor (Hanks), director (Zemeckis), adapted screenplay (Roth), film editing (Arthur Schmidt), and picture (Wendy Finerman, Steve Tisch and Steve Starkey).

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