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This is ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, the remake of ‘Forrest Gump’ made in Bollywood

One of India’s biggest stars bets on a version of the Hollywood hit Forrest Gump to revive the fortunes of Hindi-language cinema after a string of box-office flops. The remake will be released just before the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

The remake is named Laal Singh Chaddhaof Aamir Khanis an adaptation of the 1994 classic with Tom Hanks -who won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film- and will hit theaters on Thursday.

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The film comes at a time when several Bollywood works had disappointing box offices, a blow to an industry that suffered heavy losses from the covid-19 lockdowns. The pandemic also brought this movie-loving country to the giants of streaming, such as Netflix and DisneyPlus.

The adaptation maintains several iconic scenes from the original, which won six Oscars including that of Best film, such as the floating white feather, the game of ping pong Y a lot of running

Differences between ‘Forrest Gump’ and its Indian remake

There are also some changes, like the “box of chocolates” phrase. The Indian version says that “Life is like a golgappa. Your belly will feel full, but your heart will always want more.”

Golgappa is a popular Indian snack, and the second part of the sentence is a popular Hindi expression. The film promises to take the viewer on a journey through Indian history, just as Gump appeared involved in major American events, such as the Vietnam War.

But this could anger critics on the Indian right who have called for a boycott of the film over comments Khan made in 2015 that were seen as unpatriotic.

Khan, star of the blockbuster Dangal (2016), and screenwriter Atul Kulkarni they were restrained in revealing which moments in Indian history would be included.

Kulkarni limited himself to saying that the script is a “beautiful story about a beautiful country called India through a beautiful person named Laal Singh.”

How to make a new version of a classic

Khan, 57, admitted he initially didn’t want to read Kulkarni’s script because he wasn’t sure a “cult classic” like it could be adapted.

“It would be like saying we’re going to remake ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and ‘Mother India.’ It wouldn’t be very smart,” he said of two Indian classics. “But when I heard the script, I understood what it did. It was a moving experience for me, I really loved it. The moment I heard it I wanted to do it,” he said.

“I wondered how they were going to do with such an iconic film,” said actor Naga Chaitanya, a Telugu-language film star from South India, known as tollywood. He plays Bala, adapted from the character Bubba, Gump’s comrade from his time in Vietnam.

“The way they conceived the film for Indian cinema is unique,” he noted.

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