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Aamir Khan: Nervous about 'Laal Singh Chaddha' release, haven't slept for 48 hours

A still from ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’

A still from ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’

Aamir Khan on Tuesday said he is having sleepless nights ahead of the release of his much-anticipated film "Laal Singh Chaddha".

An official Hindi remake of the Tom Hanks-led 1994 Hollywood classic "Forrest Gump", the film is scheduled to be released theatrically worldwide on Thursday.

Khan, whose last big screen outing "Thugs of Hindostan" had a dull run at the box office in 2018, said his brain is in "overdrive" mode.

"I'm really nervous about the release. I have not slept for 48 hours... My brain is in overdrive. I play chess online, read books to keep myself busy. I guess I can only sleep after 11th August. I believe both Advait Chandan (director) and I will sleep like a log post the release of the film," the 57-year-old actor said at an event here celebrating 25 years of PVR Cinemas.

Written by Atul Kulkarni, "Laal Singh Chaddha" also features Kareena Kapoor Khan, Naga Chaitanya and Mona Singh in pivotal roles.

During the event, Khan reiterated his appeal to the audience to come to the theatres to watch the movie as it is a product of years of hardwork of a lot of people.

"If I have hurt anybody with any actions of mine, I'm sad about it. I don't want to hurt anyone. I think if some people don't want to watch my film, I will respect that.

"But I would like as many people as possible to watch the film. We have put in a lot of hardwork. Filmmaking is a team effort. It's not just me," the actor said in response to a question about boycott calls against the movie on social media.

Last week, hashtags calling for the boycott of "Laal Singh Chaddha" were trending on social media. Asked to comment on the trends, Aamir had said he was saddened by the boycott calls and urged the audience to not snub his film.

For Khan, nothing compares to the joy of watching a movie in a dark theatre with many people, he said.

"The collective joy of the audience can't be experienced at home. That's why I prefer watching films on the big screen," he added.

The actor also revealed that after the release of his films, he "quietly" visits theatres to see audience reaction.

"Post the release of my films, I go to theatres in the first week and see the audience reaction quietly from some corner. This way I get unfiltered responses from the audience...

"When I went to see 'Lagaan' screening, it was a moving experience for us as filmmakers that people were loving our work so much. As a creative person, this experience is priceless." Khan's "Laal Singh Chaddha" will hit the theatres alongside Akshay Kumar-led "Raksha Bandhan".

The actor praised the upcoming Aanand L Rai-directorial and said he is hopeful that both the movies will do well at the ticket window.

"'Raksha Bandhan' is also coming. I have seen the trailer and it is a beautiful story. I hope both the films do well," he said.


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