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‘Archie grew up before me’: Karan Johar reveals first look at Bollywood adaptation of Archie comics




If you’re a ’90s kid, you’ve probably spent your time reading Archie comics and exploring the town of Riverdale through the eyes of Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, Jughead Jones, and others. You must have seen Riverdale on Netflix or at least heard of the heavy criticism it garnered. While the hype is still alive, Bollywood has jumped on the bandwagon with its own version The Archies which will be released on Netflix in 2023.

On May 14, Zoya Akhtar and Karan Johar took to Instagram and shared the poster and first look at the upcoming fictional film. It has a ensemble cast including debutants Agastya Nanda (Amitabh Bachchans’ grandson), Suhana Khan (Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter), Khushi Kapoor (Sridevis’ daughter), Mihir Ahuja, Dot, Yuvraj Menda and Vedang Raina.

The new faces were styled like their comic counterparts, Suhana sporting long black hair like Veronica, Khushi with bangs and slightly lighter hair, perhaps hinting that she might be Betty Cooper in the film and Agastya as Archie with curly locks and Archie’s signature haircut despite not having the signature red hair like the comics or the TV show.

Filmmaker Akhtar asked her followers to “prepare to take a trip down memory lane” and the Coffee with Karan the host also shared his thoughts on Instagram. He “toasted” his filmmaker friend in the caption for always “chartering different territory in every movie” and congratulated all of the poster children with a warm “welcome”.

“I grew up with The Archies and now with so much love in my heart, I say The Archies grew up in front of me. I grew up with the creator of this new universe! For me, this movie will never be a film. It will be a feeling, a breath of love and so much pride”, he wrote and concluded with the fact that Riverdale was his”bachpan ka pyaar [childhood love]”.

Other celebrities also took to the comments section to congratulate the stars and the filmmaker on the upcoming film.

Filmmaker Farah Khan and our very own Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy also praised their work. Actors Anil Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan, Shibani Dandekar, Sonali Bendre and Ananya Panday also showed their love under Akhtar’s post.

According to Varietythe official pitch read: “A musical experience full of youth, rebellion, friendships, first loves and all things young adult, it still promises to have something for every generation. The film has the gang iconic Archies at the center of it, and fits perfectly with the youthful energy, hope and excitement of the Sixties era.”

Although the first look has been revealed, no confirmed release date has been released except for Netflix debut year 2023.




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