*Disclaimer: The following content is a light reflection and an attempt of simulation that leaves out any scope for critique.
According to Indian Standard Time, we are less than 24 hours away from the premiere episode of Game Of Thrones Season 7. This season has arguably been the most anticipated one! Of course, not only because we know that it's just 2 seasons before Game Of Thrones is no more a part of our life, but also because the wait this time was a really long one (about 385 days to be precise.)
So, before we get hooked on to our screens to experience the 'great war' of this penultimate season, we thought of playing some simulation games with our TV actors and thought what if our Indian TV actors were cast as the principal characters of Game Of Thrones.
I know reading at the headline and this line above, the thought must have crossed your mind that, haha Really? Indian TV actors as GOT characters?' So, before we cut to the chase, let's just keep those stereotyping thoughts aside and realize that this is a mere simulation and Indian TV actors deserve respect too!
Given a chance, they can perform to their maximum potential when needed.
Here we go-
Aditi Bhatia from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein as Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
We begin with the tom-boyishly fierce and coming-back-home
Arya Stark. The girl was a no one till the sixth season, but is finally heading
home after killing The Waif. And we couldn't think of a better contender than
actress, Aditi Bhatia aka Ruhi from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. Apart from crying in
the show mostly, there has been flashes of portrayal of some fierce and true
emotions from the actress. And remember how she convincingly played Ruhaan, the rockstar before unveiling herself as Ruhi? Arya has followed through a similar
journey and we are certain Aditi would do justice to the same!
Kunal Karan Kapoor from Naa Bole Tum Na Maine Kuch Kaha franchise as Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen)
Tanya Sharma from Saath Nibhana Saathiya as Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
Yes! The height is a concern here, but we are not taking
that into consideration. Actress Tanya Sharma maybe young, but has some fine
acting skills, even though she has been a part of show like Saath Nibhana
Saathiya. The rise of Sansa over the seasons has been phenomenal and Winterfell wouldn't be Starks' again, if not for Sansa's presence of mind to get the
warriors of Vale into the Battle of Bastards. Apart from all that, there is one
quality that Tanya convincingly fulfills than that is being beautiful. Sansa is
known to be a desirable beauty and Tanya, we are certain completely fulfils the
Rohan Mehra from Sasural Simar Ka as Brandon Stark (Isaac Hampstead-Wright)
Having some intense discussion about how can Bran be, I came
across actor Rohan Mehra's image and that was it! Infact, according to me,
Rohan and Isaac have such similar looks that the former can as well qualify as
an Indian doppelganger for the latter. So, the biggest reason to have Rohan
playing Bran would purely be the actor's strikingly similar looks to Isaac aka
Rubina Dilaik from Shakti... Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii as Lady Melisandre (Carice Van Houten)
Beauty, mystery, magic and finesse is what determines Lady
Melisandre aka The Red Woman. If it was not for Lady Melisandre, we wouldn't
have been able to see Jon Snow, isn't it? And her job isn't yet done. There is
a lot of mystery that still lies with The Red Woman. And when it comes to
beauty and finesse, I couldn't think of anyone better than actress, Rubina Dilaik. Rubina's latest transformation of sorts which include her bold picutres denote that the actress is an absolute beauty! What is amazing about Carice and
Rubina both is that, they make bold look aesthetic and not vulgar. So, there
you have it!
Iqbal Khan, last seen in Ek Tha Raja Ek Thi Rani as Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
The man who has been responsible for the whole Game Of Thrones, literally! If not for Baelish aka Littlefinger's cunning yet smart
ploys, the seven kingdoms would have been a better place to live in! But, we still
love Littlefinger, don't we? I mean, Aidan makes the character so amazing, that
we love to hate Baelish. And thanks to Iqbal's baritone voice and fabulous
acting skills, we think he would make an amazing Baelish without a doubt! Of
course, Iqbal will have to lose his bulk a bit.
Ram Kapoor, last seen in Dil Ki Baatein Dil Hi Jaane as Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
I don't know if you have come across the meme on internet
which says that the real Game Of Thrones is between Lord Varys and Baelish. And
I am sure, you couldn't agree more. If Baelish is bad, Varys is the good we
look for. Having a similar mind and operation to that of Baelish, the
difference is that Varys does things for the realm (so far, atleast). And the
best one to play this character would be TV superstar, Ram Kapoor. Having a
similar body posture, Ram would also underplay the character with conviction and
of course, would have some fantastic witness to showcase too.
Karanvir Bohra from Naagin 2 as The Night King (Richard Brake)
Namik Paul, last seen in Ek Duje Ke Vaaste as Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Handsome, formidable, tall and ruthless is what defines Jaime Lannister. From being the one we hated when he pushed Bran from the window in the first episode, we also started to like him for the few good deeds he did later. And even today, Jaime is undoubtedly the most desirable man in Westeros. So, who better than the heartthrob, Namik Paul to play the same?
tall? Check. Is handsome? Check. Has a jawline? Check. Is Formidable? Check
Check Check. So, with 100% checks, Namik would certainly play an amazing Jaime
Hina Khan, last seen in Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai as Cersei
Lannister (Lena Headey)
I know, many of you may have their eyes popped at this
choice! But, I totally stand by this one too. After seven years of playing
Akshara in Yeh Rishta.., we couldn't have been happier to see Hina Khan go glam
and go bold in her latest Instagram posts. I would and I am sure many would
love to see the former docile bahu play the cunning, ruthless and terrifying
Cersei Lannister. Wow! I can imagine how Hina would raise the wine glass with
some amazing expressions when Cersei set the Sept in fire with Wildfire.
Vikkas Manaktala from Ghulaam as Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Of course, I know VIkkas ain't a dwarf. But, that is exactly
why I cast him as Tyrion Lannister. We do not have someone as convincing and
fantastic as Peter Dinklage, but nevertheless, a challenge to play Tyrion would
be one for Vikkas to take up. Vikkas surprised one and all with the kind of
transformation he went through for his character of Veer in Ghulaam and that
dedication of his makes us believe that he would equally dedicate himself to
become an amazing Tyrion, if not become a dwarf literally.
Jennifer Winget from Beyhadh as Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Yes! I know, you had that moment where you say, I thought
the same thing. There cannot be a better Daenerys then Jennifer Winget (apart
from Emilika Clarke, of course). Not only does Jennifer justify being an
absolute beauty, but as we have seen Jennifer wow as Maya in Beyhadh; the idea
of her speaking some Dothraki and Valerian would be an absolute treat, isn't
it? Imagine Jennifer riding on a dragon? That's truly is amazing, isn't it?
Nakuul Mehta from Ishqbaaaz as Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
And finally, you know nothing Jon Snow! But, boy does he knows a lot of things now as he is the one who came back from the dead and The King In The North! So, who would play the pretty-boy-turned-king Jon Snow? The choice was obvious and it was none other than, Nakuul Mehta aka Shivaay. Nakuul is literally the only blue-eyed pretty boy on Indian television, who can be rugged too when needed. His chocolate boy looks combined with his fierceness would make him the perfect hero (Jon Snow) for the Indian peeps, wouldn't it? Just one other addition to the justification is how Jon Snow is a bastard and so is Shivaay Singh Oberoi. Fits, isn't it?
So, there you are. That is how we prepare ourselves for Game Of Thrones Season 7. And an Indian version with correct casting, apt treatment and fair approach wouldn't be that bad an idea, would it?
What do you have to say about the casting? Leave in your comments below..