DDLJ to be remade with white male lead

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Posted: 6 months ago

Are SRK fans fine with this ?

The new 'DDLJ' musical cast a white man as the lead. Fans aren’t happy about it.

Sakshi Venkatraman

Wed, August 3, 2022, 7:09 AM·2 min read

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  • Shah Rukh Khan

    Shah Rukh Khan
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The new 'DDLJ' musical cast a white man as the lead. Fans aren’t happy about it.

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Shah Rukh Khan’s character Raj in the Hindi film “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” is as iconic as the movie itself. The funny, flirty, animated man became synonymous with romance in 1995, and the fondly nicknamed “DDLJ” has been hailed as a classic since.

That's why Bollywood fans were disappointed when they learned that not only is the movie being redone as a musical, but Raj is being reimagined as a white man named Rog. Rog, short for Roger Mandel, will be played by actor Austin Colby in the upcoming Broadway-aimed production “Come Fall in Love — The DDLJ Musical.”

Meanwhile, Simran, the love interest originally portrayed by Bollywood actor Kajol, will keep the same name and be played by Indian American actor Shoba Narayan.

Lovers of the original “DDLJ” said they are shocked that whitewashing of characters is still happening in 2022.

“this is beyond HORRIFYING,” one person tweeted. “So broadway is adapting the iconic Bollywood movie, DDLJ into a musical and guess who they cast to play Raj... YES A WHITE MAN."

Audience members who fell in love with Khan’s portrayal of Raj say they won’t be going to see the musical.

“I got super excited when I my friends informed that DDLJ (my fav film) was coming on Broadway.We decided to fly,” Indian chef Vikas Khanna tweeted. “Then I read that ICONIC Raj is played by Austin Colby as Rog Mandel. I might never see THIS.”

The musical is set to open in San Diego on Sept. 14 with the aim of debuting on Broadway in the 2022-2023 season. It's helmed by Aditya Chopra, who directed the “DDLJ” movie.

“What was he thinking???” another fan tweeted in response to Chopra’s team casting a white man in the lead.

Chopra, Colby and the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego did not respond to requests for comment.

In an Instagram post following the news of his casting, Colby admitted he wasn't familiar with the original production.

"A few months ago, I had never heard of the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) or known of it’s global impact," the actor, who previously starred in "Frozen the Musical," wrote. "I am in awe of this beautiful love story, celebrating Bollywood film at it’s finest."

With an already slim number of Asian roles in American media, Indian Americans say taking one away feels like a slight, they said.

“i am..sick and tired of white people taking away representation from south asians," one person said. "we hardly get any.”

Posted: 6 months ago

This might turn out to be Better smiley36

Posted: 6 months ago

Originally posted by Guddu.Pandit

This might turn out to be Better smiley36

Because of white people? 

Posted: 6 months ago

Koi bhi actor play kare they should do a good job 

Wo Harry Potter ka jo Broadway banaya tha cursed child ka usme sirf representation ka dhyan rakha tha baki to pura bakwas tha 

They should focus on more important things like changing script here and there to suit sensibilities of their audience 

Make it a good experience for people watching 

Posted: 6 months ago
Originally posted by FlyOnTheWall

Because of white people? 

Sarcasm is the word.

Posted: 6 months ago

Adi chopra’s original choice was Tom cruise. Toh ye toh fitting hai. 

Posted: 6 months ago

There was a rumour that Aditya wanted Tom cruise to play the main lead in the original smiley37 chalo finally uski vision is getting fulfilled smiley17

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