The ace actor turned 54 yesterday and he celebrated his birthday with the media. After attending son Azad’s football match along with wife Kiran Rao, Aamir spent time with the media. The actor also made an announcement about his next project, which is the adaption of the Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump.

Making the announcement, the actor – filmmaker said, ‘My next film is finalised. It is called Lal Singh Chaddha and it is being made by Viacom Pictures and Aamir Khan Productions together. It will be directed by Advait Chandan. It is an adaptation of the Hollywood film Forrest Gump. We have bought the rights from Para mount.
So, we have Paramount and Viacom with us. I am playing the lead role of Lal Singh. We haven’t decided the rest of the cast.’

Sharing more about the project, Aamir says, ‘We have started the prep work on the film. The shoot will start in October. I will be prepping for six months. I have to lose weight… I will be losing 20 kgs. I have to look lean and slim.’

Tom Hanks’s Forrest Gump is considered to be one of the most iconic films of all time and Aamir Khan has purchased the rights to Robert Zemeckis’ masterpiece. When asked what made him adapt this film, he says, ‘I have always loved Forrest Gump as a script. It is a wonderful life-affirming story. It is a feel-good film. It is a film for the whole family.’

When asked if he has any wish to make on his birthday, the actor said, ‘My birthday wish is that this year is the election year and we have the biggest democracy. So, I urge all the Indians to vote. Vishwa mein sabse bade democracy ka hissa bane (be a part of the biggest democracy in the world) and fulfil their responsibility by voting.’

When Aamir was asked about the status of the biopic on Gulshan Kumar and if he is working on the ambitious Mahabharata project, the actor says that his entire focus is on Lal Singh Chaddha.

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