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Mona Singh talks about “Laal Singh Chaddha” – Bollywood News UK

Indian actress Mona Singh has teamed up with Bollywood legend Aamir Khan again, this time for Paramount’s new Bollywood film, Laal Singh Chaddha. The 40-year-old actress previously worked with the ‘perfectionist’ in the 2009 blockbuster 3 idiots.

Laal Singh Chaddha is directed by Advait Chandan, from an early script written by Atul Kulkarni and based on both Forrest Gump screenplay by Eric Roth and the original novel by Winston Groom. The film also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Naga Chaitanya.

The movie sneaks Laal Singh Chaddhathe epic journey of overcoming childhood disability, serving in the military, experiencing heartwarming friendships and love, awakening an entrepreneurial spirit, peering into India through the ages – including world wars, independence, partition, conflict and development; and lots of running!

In this film, Singh plays the mother of Aamir’s character, Laal, which the actress has been disturbingly trolled for on social media.

Speaking to BollyNewsUK, Singh opened up about joining the film’s cast, the experience of playing the role, and more…

What was your reaction when you first heard about the Indian adaptation of Forrest Gump?
I knew Forrest Gump and I was shocked to know that there will be an Indian remake of this classic. Aamir Khan also said he couldn’t believe Atul Kulkarni was trying to adapt the film. I was blown away when I read the script. It’s so simple, so “Indianized” and has such different takes from the original film. It’s a brand new movie. I think it’s really important to make a movie like this at a time when there’s a whole generation that might have missed this classic. It’s important for them to watch it.

Kareena Kapoor Khan had to audition for the film. How was this process for you?
I got a call to audition for the role of mother. Like I said, I was really surprised that Forrest Gump will be adapted in India. They told me to come for the audition and then they’ll tell me who’s doing the movie. I had no idea what was really going on. I did two scenes in my audition; the death scene and the scene with the school principal. They just asked me to be that strong Punjabi woman, who doesn’t plead or beg, but holds firm. I did my best and three-four days later, director Advait and Aamir Khan called me. They kept talking about my audition and telling me how good it was. They then called me to their office for a script narration. All the cast got together for the reading and we had a great time. It’s rare that a film can touch you in this way. It was an instant yes from all of us and it was the most memorable trip of my life so far.

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You are Sikh, Punjabi and have a family background in the Indian Army. Did it make it easier for you to identify with the character?
It was easier to relate to the character, but portraying him wasn’t as easy. I play a mother, which I am not. I play an age, which I am not. It was very emotional and I was nervous and challenged. That’s the best part of being an actor, when you have sleepless nights and you’re constantly challenged. When you work with Aamir Khan, you are automatically challenged because he is a perfectionist. He used to sit with me between takes and give me notes on my scenes. The trip was fantastic and I had a great time.

The film got the widest ever release for an Indian title in the UK. Do you think it will resonate with non-Hindi speaking audiences?
It’s already happening. We get such positive reviews from the international media. Some called it better than the original, which is huge for us. Language is not a barrier when the content is good, precise and simple. We watch so much international content with subtitles in India. I watch Italian, French and Spanish films because of their content. Laal Singh Chadda is getting so much love and I’m very happy that Paramount is on board. This has never happened for an Indian film like this before. Fingers crossed, I really hope the movie does well at the box office and people love it.

WATCH: Mona Singh discusses the negative social media campaign against Laal Singh Chaddha

Mona Singh talks social media dragging her for portraying a mother to Aamir Khan on Paramount’s Laal Singh Chaddha.

Laal Singh Chaddha is released by Paramount Pictures UK and is in cinemas now.