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

Followers of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, regarded as one of Bollywood’s most enduring motion pictures have slammed the resolution to solid the essential male character as a white man in the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, is known as DDLJ, is being tailored for Broadway as Approach Tumble in Admire – The DDLJ Musical.

When the film modified into released in 1995, written and directed by Aditya Chopra, it starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol as Raj and Simran, a lovestruck young couple who must get dangle of over household and placement visitors opposed to their union. The film made a total of $60million worldwide, modified into the ideal-grossing Indian film of 1995 and is peaceable proven in cinemas this day.

Chopra will kind his stage directing debut with the musical. On the other hand, the resolution to solid a white man Austin Colby in the title characteristic – and rename him as Rog – has led some critics to accuse the musical producers of “whitewashing.”

Smartly-known Indian chef Vikas Khanna tweeted to his 2.2 million followers that he thinks here’s a “frightening” resolution, which triggered this replace between him and one half of of the musical’s composers Vishal and Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani:

Admire & Appreciate you Vishal.

What if Shawshank Redemption modified into on Broadway & @morgan_freeman modified into modified by white actor.

Is that inclusivity?

I feel a large opportunity for Indian actor modified into misplaced.

What if all crew of an Indian restaurant modified into Indian, but head chef modified into a White Chef? https://t.co/cZ5uZM7GGS

— Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) August 6, 2022

The BBC interviewed one disappointed fan who that “South Asian-American actors would are searching to be regarded as as and watch their tradition in a region which traditionally doesn’t assume” it, so the casting ought to peaceable make stronger that in a essential characteristic.

Paridhi Puri told the BBC that, with any remake, there’s a chance to kind it “a wiser tale” and address bits which would possibly presumably no longer have vulnerable neatly over time.

Austin Colby mentioned of the resolution to solid him in the lead characteristic, “I’m mindful what my involvement in this production manner to many of us and I fully impress its impact. I’m no longer the Raj that Shah Rukh Khan made us drop in relish with, nor will I ever faux to be. I am furious to fulfil the inventive crew’s imaginative and prescient for this characteristic and I certainly have faith in the story and how we’re telling it.”

Shah Rukh Khan’s portrayal of Raj in the 1995 film a trusty away hit and helped set him as the “King of Romance” for Bollywood, while Raj and Simran modified into characteristic objects for couples who wished to be collectively but had been facing resistance from their households.

The musical will commence on Broadway one day of the 2022/23 season after an world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater in September 2022.

The musical’s composers Vishal Dadlani and Sheykhar Ravjiani (known collectively as Vishal and Sheykhar) told Decrease-off date, “We’re extremely proud that regarded as one of many most-cherished Indian motion pictures,  DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge), is being tailored into the musical Approach Tumble In Admire at The Old Globe San Diego, with all our sights firmly spot on Broadway. Here’s the first time an Indian film is being tailored for Broadway by the current filmmaker himself. Here’s therefore, additionally the first time India, our tradition, our song, our dance and our ravishing commence-heartedness is being represented to the field in this kind.”

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