Aamir Khan gets rights for ‘Forrest Gump’, which is Kamal’s “Swati Mutyam”

Superstar Aamir Khan on Thursday announced that his next project is an official adaptation of Tom Hanks’ classic “Forrest Gump”.
Aamir shared the news on the occasion of his 54th birthday that the Hindi adaptation will be titled “Lal Singh Chaddha”, which he will co-produce with Viacom18 Motion Pictures.
The film will be directed by “Secret Superstar” helmer Advait Chandan.
“My next film is finalised it is called ‘Lal Singh Chaddha’. It is being made by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Aamir Khan Productions together. It will be directed by Advait Chandan. It is an adaptation of Hollywood film ‘Forrest Gump’.
“We have bought the rights from Paramount… I am playing the lead role of Lal Singh,” Aamir told reporters here.
“Forrest Gump”, directed by Robert Zemeckis, released in 1994 and went on to win six Oscars, including best picture, best director and best actor for Hanks. The interesting fact is that Kamal, Radhika starrer Swati Mutyam is the inspiration for “Forrest Gump”.Sivayya (Kamal Hassan) is a man who remains childlike, pure-at-heart, uncontaminated by the ways of the world because he is like the pearl in the ocean of life who is at peace with himself. A widow (Radhika) and her son enters the life of this pure man and completes his life with many trials and twists.
‘Swati Mutyam’ was nominated from India for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Eventually, it couldn’t get nominated for the category in the final round but many say the film’s content has a verisimilitude with another Oscar-nominated film “Forrest Grump”.
Kamal Hassan said in an interview that it is true that Indian films copy Hollywood films but “Swati Mutyam” is one film which may have actually inspired “Forrest Grump: eight years after release because of the unique story.
Raj Kapoor was so moved when he saw the film in a special screening arranged by KV that he wanted to produce this film in Hindi with Kamal Hassan as the hero. But eventually, it got remade with Anil Kapoor and Vijayashanti as “Easwar”.
Well now Aamir Khan is getting the rights from “Forrest Gump” team to reproduce the Kamal’s classic!

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