Well, this is the latest from Bollywood circles. Rumours are rife that Aamir Khan, or Mr Perfectionist as he is referred to in the industry, is said to be unhappy with the screen presence of Vijay Sethupathi.
Vijay Sethupathi is a star of reckoning in south India and the makers wanted to cash in on that. He was picked to play a key role in the film, so that he adds the ‘south’ element to the film. Lal Singh Chaddha, which happens to be a remake of Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump is being made as a pan-Indian film. So, Vijay Sethupathi looked like an appropriate choice.
He was asked to play the best friend of Lal Singh Chaddha in the film. But like Muthiah Muralidharan’s biopic, this movie too slipped out of Sethupathi’s hand. It is bound to come as a major shock to Vijay Sethupathi’s many fans.
Insider talk is that Aamir Khan and the makers of the film wanted Vijay Setupathi to lose weight for his part. It is known that Vijay Setupath is slightly on the heavier side. Apparently, he failed to slim down to the level Aamir Khan wanted. So, Aamir ended up being unhappy with his screen presence.
So, the makers are now looking for a replacement say Bollywood media persons.
In the original, Tom Hank’s friend Benjamin Buford was played by Mykelti Williamson.
The film is being readied for release on Christmas, 2021.