Actor-singer Gippy Grewal has talked about biopics and why they mean more hard work for an actor than any other role. In a new interview, Gippy spoke about how actors take shortcuts to get into the characters of a real person easily but not authentically and why he appreciates what Aamir Khan did in Laal Singh Chaddha. (Read also: Gippy Grewal’s son was asked to cut her hair for the role of Laal Singh Chaddha, singer refused)

Aamir got a real beard and got heavier to fit in the role of a sweet and simple Sardar ji Laal Singh Chaddha. Even Punjabis like Gippy have noticed his dedication to the role and praised him for it.

In an interview with Bollywood Hungama, Gippy describes his process of gaining weight for Subedar Joginder Singh’s 2018 biopic, saying he needed to gain about 10–15 pounds to look good. “I always feel that if you want to make someone’s biopic, you have to do it right. You should not put on a fake beard or mustache like many people do these days. This is a point of attention. Please don’t do this. As a Punjabi, if we see a ‘Punjabi’ person with a fake beard and stuff, we don’t like it,” he said.

About Aamir he said: “Now comes Laal Singh Chaddha and Aamir paaji looks like a Sardaar all the way. You have to work towards that.”

In another interview, Gippy said that his son Shinda was also considered the young Laal in the film. However, things did not get off the ground. In an interview with News18, Gippy said: “Shinda had a small role in one of my films Ardaas (2016). The makers of Laal Singh Chaddha saw that and they approached me because they wanted him to play the young version of Aamir Khan in the film. Mukesh (Chhabra, casting director) also contacted me and told me to send me some reference videos of Shinda saying ‘hello’ in Punjabi which would also be a look test for him I wasn’t even at the time aware of the story of the film.”

He added: “There was a corner in the film where he had to get his hair cut. But we didn’t think it was okay. It wasn’t really possible for us. That’s why he couldn’t make the film.”

Laal Singh Chaddha hit theaters on Friday, August 11. The film opened poorly at the box office for the first two days. It has collected so far 18 million. It is a remake of the Hollywood hit Forrest Gump and also stars Kareena Kapoor in the lead role.

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