Kareena Kapoor Khan to 'Laal Singh Chaddha' co-star Aamir Khan: 'There will never be another like you'

The Bollywood stars are reuniting for an official remake of the Oscar-winning film 'Forrest Gump'

Aamir Khan will play the lead role in 'Laal Singh Chaddha', an official remake of the Hollywood film 'Forrest Gump'. Instagram / @kareenakapoorkhan
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Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan has shared a photo of actor Aamir Khan in their coming film Laal Singh Chaddha, an official remake of the Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump.

"Happy birthday my Lal... There will never be another like you... Can't wait for people to see the magic you have done in this diamond of a film,” the actress posted on Instagram.

Aamir Khan, who turned 56 on Sunday, is seen sporting a turban and long beard in the photo, with measuring tape around his shoulder.

While little is known about the plot of the Bollywood version, in the Hollywood film, Tom Hanks plays Forrest Gump, a slow-witted but kind-hearted man who unwittingly influences several defining historical events in the US. The film was based on a 1986 book of the same name by Winston Groom.

Khan announced the official remake in 2019, with him taking on Hanks's role and Kareena as his co-star. Superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are also set to make cameos.

Advait Chandan, who has worked with Aamir in acclaimed films such as Taare Zameen Par (2007) and Secret Superstar (2017), will direct.

Production of Laal Singh Chaddha has been beset by delays owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming resumed in September 2020 after it was halted for five months. Originally set to release last December, the film will now release on Christmas Day in 2021.

Aamir returned Kareena's compliment with a comment. “There will never be another you either. And please don't raise expectations on the film,” he joked.

The actors are reuniting after working together in hit films, such as 3 Idiots (2009) and Talaash (2012).

"He's possibly the greatest cinematic mind India has ever seen," Kareena told Indian news agency PTI. "It's my honour to share a frame with someone who is so passionate and committed, such a fierce actor from that generation."