The film is scheduled to begin filming in October
Run, Forrest, run — all the way to India!
The Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump is getting the Bollywood treatment.
The Hindi-language project was recently unveiled at a media event in Mumbai, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The musical remake will be titled Lal Singh Chadha and star Indian acting titan Aamir Khan. Bollywood veteran Advait Chandan has signed on to direct.
Khan told reporters he had long wanted to do this film, saying, “I have always loved Forrest Gump as a script. It is a wonderful story about this character. It is a feel-good film. It is a film for the whole family.”
The actor has appeared in some of India’s biggest hit films, including the recent blockbuster Thugs of Hindostan, as well as wrestling drama Dangal, which also set records in China, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Forrest Gump, released in 1994 and starring Tom Hanks, earned six Oscar wins, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Hanks. The classic also starred Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, and Sally Field.
Bollywood is no stranger to remaking popular Hollywood titles: recent revamps include musical versions of Jon Favreau’s food comedy Chef and Knight and Day, which starred Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise.
While no further casting announcements have been made, Khan did confirm that shooting for Lal Singh Chadha would start in October.