Who’s Rog?: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (‘DDLJ’) Accused Of “Whitewashing” Broadway Musical Adaptation

Followers of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, one among Bollywood’s most enduring movies have slammed the choice to forged the primary male character as a white man within the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, often known as DDLJ, is being tailored for Broadway as Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical.

When the movie was launched in 1995, written and directed by Aditya Chopra, it starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as Raj and Simran, a lovestruck younger couple who should win over household and associates against their union. The movie made a complete of $60million worldwide, turned the highest-grossing Indian movie of 1995 and continues to be proven in cinemas right this moment.

Chopra will make his stage directing debut with the musical. Nevertheless, the choice to forged a white man Austin Colby within the title function – and rename him as Rog – has led some critics to accuse the musical producers of “whitewashing.”

Celebrated Indian chef Vikas Khanna tweeted to his 2.2 million followers that he thinks this can be a “horrible” determination.

And the BBC interviewed one disenchanted fan who that “South Asian-American actors would wish to be thought-about and see their tradition in a spot which traditionally doesn’t mirror” it, so the casting ought to help that in a important function.

Paridhi Puri instructed the BBC that, with any remake, there’s an opportunity to make it “a greater story” and handle bits which can not have aged effectively over time.

Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of Raj within the 1995 movie an prompt hit and helped set up him because the “King of Romance” for Bollywood, whereas Raj and Simran turned function fashions for {couples} who needed to be collectively however have been dealing with resistance from their households.

The musical will open on Broadway throughout the 2022/23 season after a world premiere at San Diego’s Outdated Globe Theater in September 2022.


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