Bollywood: play desi Forrest Gump to Aamir

54th birthday Aamir Khan has a present for you on his.

He invited the media to his Mumbai home and announced that his next project will be an official adaptation of the Tom Hanks classic Forrest Gump.

The Hindi adaptation will be titled Lal Singh Chaddha and he will co-produce it with Viacom18 Motion Pictures.

It will be directed by Advait Chandan, who made Secret Superstar.

"We have bought the rights from Paramount... I am playing the lead role of Lal Singh," Aamir said.

Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis, released in 1994 and won six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Hanks.

Aamir said the makers are yet to lock the cast for the film.

"We have started the prep work on the film. The shoot will start from October. I will be prepping for six months. I have to lose weight. I will be losing 20 kgs. I have to be lean and slim," Aamir says.

The film is slated to release in 2020.

"I have always loved Forrest Gump as a script. It is a wonderful story about this character. It is a life affirming story. It is a feel good film, a film for the whole family," Aamir adds.

The actor reveals he will sport a turban 'for some part of the film'.

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