Laal Singh Chaddha

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Laal Singh Chaddha
Laal Singh Chaddha.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byAdvait Chandan
Screenplay byAtul Kulkarni
Story byWinston Groom
Based onForrest Gump
by Winston Groom
Produced by
Starring
CinematographySatyajit Pande (Setu)
Edited byHemanti Sarkar
Music byPritam
Production
companies
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 11 August 2022 (2022-08-11)
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi

Laal Singh Chaddha is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Advait Chandan and screenplay written by Eric Roth and Atul Kulkarni. The film is produced by Aamir Khan Productions, Viacom18 Studios and Paramount Pictures.[1] Inspired by the 1994 American film Forrest Gump which itself is based on Winston Groom's 1986 novel of the same name, the film stars Aamir Khan as the titular character along with Kareena Kapoor and Naga Chaitanya (in his Hindi film debut).[2]

The adaptation of Forrest Gump, underwent a series of changes over a period of two decades, with Atul Kulkarni spending the first ten years adapting the script, and another ten years purchasing the remake rights.[3] Aamir Khan bought the rights of the film in early 2018 with the help of Los Angeles-based producer and director Radhika Chaudhari and announced the film officially on 14 March 2019, with its title.[4]

Laal Singh Chaddha has been filmed in more than 100 Indian locations.[5] Principal photography began in Chandigarh on 31 October 2019.[6] However production was halted in March 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in India, before resuming during mid-September 2020 in Delhi, due to which the film – initially scheduled for a Christmas 2020 release – was delayed. The film is scheduled for release August 11, 2022.[7]

Premise[edit]

Events in India's history unfold through the perspective of Laal Singh Chaddha, an autistic man who has a great understanding of emotions.[8]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In August 2018, Aamir Khan had announced that he had purchased the remake rights of the 1994 American drama Forrest Gump, from Paramount Pictures,[14] which produced the film, and also suggested he will play the lead role in this film.[15][16] On 14 March 2019, coinciding with his 54th birthday,[17] Khan officially announced the project which has been named Laal Singh Chaddha,[18][19] with his ex-wife Kiran Rao co-producing the film. Advait Chandan, who previously directed Khan's Secret Superstar (2017), was signed in to helm the remake.[20][21]

Atul Kulkarni, who also worked with Khan in Rang De Basanti (2006), wrote the Hindi adaptation for the original. In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Kulkarni stated "I wrote the script ten years ago, but Aamir took a couple of years because he did not believe that I must have written a good script. So he did not want to hurt me. After a few years, he heard the script and within 30 seconds he said I am going to do the film."[3] Kulkarni also told that "It took another 7-8 years to get the remake rights from the makers of the original (Paramount), as the movie is solely based on the original. Once the studio confirmed with Radhika Chaudhari that the right were available, Khan made a trip to Los Angeles in February 2018 and met with the studio heads along with Radhika Chaudhari and the process of acquisition started. Aamir said that he was trying to get the remake rights for seven or eight years and was excited that the rights were available and all formalities were completed so the film could be made."[citation needed]

Casting[edit]

With Khan playing the titular character, Kareena Kapoor was confirmed to play the female lead role in June 2019,[9] thus pairing up with Khan for the third time after 3 Idiots (2009) and Talaash: The Answer Lies Within (2012).[22] In August 2019, Vijay Sethupathi was signed alongside Khan, however he later opted out due to other commitments.[23][24] In September 2019, Yogi Babu was approached to play a pivotal role.[25][26] In November 2019, Mona Singh who also starred in Khan's 3 Idiots, was also cast in the pivotal role.[11] Aamir Khan lost 20 kilograms for the younger version of his role in the film.[27][28] In May 2021, Naga Chaitanya was confirmed to be a part of the cast, making his Bollywood debut.[10]

Filming[edit]

While the film's principal photography was expected to commence in October 2019, Khan and his team went on scouting location in April 2019, across Dharmasala for five days.[29]

Laal Singh Chaddha is reportedly filmed in more than 100 Indian locations.[30][31][32] The principal photography of the film was commenced on 31 October 2019, with a muhurat shot given by Khan's mother Zeenat Hussain.[33] The first schedule took place at Chandigarh, on 1 November and was completed within 21 days. Stills featuring Khan and Kapoor from the sets were leaked onto the internet,[34] with Khan's look featuring him with a thick beard and turban went viral.[35][36] A romantic track featuring Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor was shot at Chandigarh on 28 November 2019.[37]

The second schedule was kickstarted in Kolkata on 5 December 2019.[38][39] Aamir Khan and his team flew to Kerala in the second week of December, where Khan's photos of shooting from Thekkumbhagam, Changanassery and Kappil went viral.[40] Khan completed the second schedule on 19 December 2019,[citation needed] and kickstarted the third schedule on 21 December 2019, with shooting took place in Jaisalmer, Goa and Himachal Pradesh. The third schedule was completed on 12 February 2020,[41] and Khan headed to Chandigarh for their next schedule. The team wrapped up the last leg of shoot on 6 March 2020.[42] The cast and crew flew back to shoot in Punjab on 16 March 2020, before production of the film got halted owing to the COVID-19 pandemic in India.[43]

Aamir Khan cancelled the Ladakh schedule on 6 July,[44] owing to the India-China standoff along the Galwan Valley.[45] Later due to difficulties in shooting the film across India, Aamir decided to resume the film's shoot in Turkey, for the recce of new shoot.[46][47] On 7 September 2020, Aamir Khan resumed the shooting of the film in Mumbai, with safety measures and guidelines instructed by the government.[48][49] On 27 September 2020, Aamir and his team flew to Delhi to shoot some portions, with pictures featuring his younger version went viral.[50][51] Some scenes were shot at the Hotel Centaur in Delhi on 7 October 2020.[52] Kareena Kapoor wrapped up her portions on 15 October 2020.[53]

Khan suffered a rib injury while shooting an action sequence, but ensuring that there is no delay in the shoot, the actor took a few pain killers to and tried to subside his injury for the time being and continued working as he knew that there were special arrangements made for the shooting schedule. Earlier, while shooting for an important running sequence, Aamir Khan had suffered extreme physical exertion due to constant running.[54] The actor shot few sequences at a sports complex located at Noida on 28 October 2020.[55]

In July 2021, Aamir Khan and his team flew to Ladakh, where they spent some one month and shot war sequences.[56] After wrapping up the Ladakh schedule the team reached to Srinagar in the first week of August. In Srinagar, the shooting of the film was carried out at various places, some important sequences were shot at Delhi Public School Srinagar (DPS),[57] Amar Singh College and Boulevard Road near Dal Lake. During shooting in the premises of DPS, a 12-year-old, visually impaired student Zainab Bilal aka RJ Zainab has interviewed Aamir Khan for the school's in-house radio station, Radio DPS.[58] Chaitanya joined the production in July 2021 and completed shooting his portions by August 2021.[59]

Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan were seen resuming the shoot of the film in Mumbai on September 13. After wrapping up portions together last year, the two of them reunited for patchwork shoot in Andheri.[60] The film was wrapped up on 16 September 2021.[61][62][63]

Music[edit]

The film's music is composed by Pritam, in his third collaboration with Aamir Khan after Dhoom 3 (2013) and Dangal (2016), and lyrics for the songs are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya.[64]

The music sitting discussion was held at Khan's Panchgani House in August 2019, with composer Pritam and lyricist Bhattacharya, working on the film's music.[65] The title track of Laal Singh Chaddha, which featured in the motion poster,[66] was recorded by Mohan Kannan of the Agnee band in January 2020.[67] The singer didn't initially know that he was singing for Aamir's film, who "loved" the song, a studio recording person told him. He mentioned in the article that lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has written a "gold" song and has beautifully "encapsulated the whole story". Sonu Nigam on his official YouTube page on 13 January 2022 mentioned that he just completed a recording of a "very beautiful" and "wonderfully written" song that took about 5 hours to record.[68] The first song of the film Kahani was released on 28 April 2022.[69][70] Sonu Nigam's song, Main Ki Karaan, was released on 12 May 2022.[71]

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Kahani"Mohan Kannan3:28
2."Main Ki Karaan?"Sonu Nigam, Romy4:14

Release[edit]

Laal Singh Chaddha is scheduled for cinema release on 11 August 2022.[72] Earlier, it was announced to release on 25 December 2020, coinciding with Christmas.[73] However, due to production halt owing to COVID-19 pandemic in India, the release was delayed by an year to 24 December 2021, aiming for the Christmas weekend.[74] It was later rescheduled to release on 14 April 2022, however, it was postponed again in February 2022 to the current date due to incompletion of VFX segment .[72]

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