Ahead of the film’s release, the makers of Laal Singh Chaddha have released a new video, which introduced the character of Naga Chaitanya in the comedy-drama. Chaitanya, who made his Bollywood debut with the film, will play the role of Bala, a version of Bubba from the Tom Hanks-starrer Forrest Gump. The behind-the-scenes video shows the film’s co-producer and lead actor Aamir Khan and director Advait Chandan praising Chaitanya for his on-screen and off-screen presence. Read also| Chiranjeevi’s praise for Laal Singh Chaddha brings tears to Aamir Khan’s eyes
In the video, Naga Chaitanya explained how he came up with the name Bala aka Balaraju Bodi for his character. The name is also related to Chaitanya’s grandfather Akkineni Nageswara Rao, who played a character named Balaraju in the 1948 film of the same name. “Somehow it has a connection with my grandfather. So I think it is very magical,” Chaitanya said. The video also shows how the makers took pictures of Akkineni Nageswara Rao for reference while deciding a look for Chaitanya’s character.
The video shows Naga Chaitanya trying out different ways during the look test as Aamir Khan gives his insight. It also gave a glimpse of Aamir and Chaitanya filming their scenes together. Aamir also praised Chaitanya and his upbringing while talking about the actor in the video.
Aamir said, “I am really grateful to Chai for doing this film. As a producer, I found it very relaxing to work with him. He is a team player who always stands by his team. , and as an actor, he is very forward. The ball. He is so focused and engrossed in his shot… I called his father, Nagarjuna and mother, Lakshmi, and told them ‘You both ne chai ko’ Raised so well. You should be really proud as a parent. He is such an amazing human being.'”
Director Advait Chandan said that while many Hindi speaking actors don’t come on the sets memorizing their lines, Chaitanya had all the lines on his lips despite being a non-Hindi speaking actor. He revealed that he also had to tell Chaitanya not to speak his Hindi so well, as his character should not be fluent in the language either.
Chaitanya hugged Aamir, Advait and Kiran Rao as he wrapped up the filming of his part in Laal Singh Chaddha. At the end of the video, he told someone, “I’m playing my grandfather,” when he discussed some scene that was not part of the original Forrest Gump film.
Laal Singh Chaddha, which also stars Kareena Kapoor and Mona Singh, is scheduled to release in theaters on August 11.