Forrest Gump, the classic movie from 1994 that is adored by so many people is getting a new version in Bollywood. The movie, starring Tom Hanks was a big hit in its time and turned out to be a blockbuster which was very unexpected for a movie of that type. The starting budget for it was $55 million but it ended up making over $700 million in theaters. Based on Winston Groom’s book from 1986 by the same name it made many people fall in love with it.
Forrest Gump received great review and even won 6 Oscars, one of them being for Best Picture. It was also competing with heavy hitters like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption, which many people thought should have gotten the awards instead of Forrest Gump. Another honor that Forrest Gump has is that it was chosen as one of the movies for preservation in the US Library of Congress in 2011, something less than 1000 movies have been given the chance.
Even when we consider the great success of the original movie, no one was really expecting to hear the news that it was going to be remade by the Hindi-language film industry from India, Bollywood. Many people might not be aware but India makes around 2000 movies a year which is much more than any other country. Bollywood creates a large part of those. Their next move is to recreate the famous Forrest Gump.
The Bollywood version will be called Lal Singh Chadha and will have a very respected actor will have the leading role – Aamir Khan, who has a long list of movie roles already. The director of the movie will be Advait Chandan that has already collaborated with the lead actor Aamir Khan on a movie in 2017. Today it is very important to buy off the rights before making a new version, unlike in the 90s when it was a lot easier to rip off the movie without getting in trouble for it.
Many other movies from the same time period as Forrest Gump already have remakes from Bollywood. Some of them are Mrs. Doubtfire, A Few Good Men, Reservoir Dogs and The Silence of the Lambs.