Zoya Akhtar’s coming-of-age musical “The Archies” just got a release date. Set to hit Netflix on December 7, the film draws inspiration from the globally beloved Archie comic book character with an Anglo-Indian twist. As part of the reveal, the cast gathered on Mumbai’s Western Highway to pose next to a billboard with a timer counting down the days to the premiere. Filming on “The Archies” wrapped last December, and Akhtar joined Ayesha Devitre (“Gehraiyaan”) and Reema Kagti (“Heaven Made”) ) co-authored the screenplay.

Akhtar reimagines the fictional Riverdale through a British-Indian lens, setting it on a hill station in the swinging 1960s, the film follows Archie and his friends as they navigate friendship, heartbreak, rebellion, school Life in protests, proms, and more. . The trailer for Netflix’s Tudum event showed examples of rock and roll, which was not well received by local audiences, who found the adaptation heavily influenced by Western media. Even the cast and costume design were initially criticized for not being 1964 Indian. solved These sentiments are expressed by simply stating that “this is fiction” and emphasizing that it focuses on the Anglo-Indian community. The Archies movie marks the fourth live-action universe project to spin off from the comics, following Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Katie Keaneand the recently ended riverdale.

Netflix’s “Archies” stars Agastya Nanda as the charming Archie Andrews, torn between his feelings for Betty and Veronica. It’s worth mentioning that some (or maybe all) of the characters’ names may be different compared to the original manga series due to a mix of Anglo-Indian cultures. Khushi Kapoor plays the good-natured Betty, while Suhana Khan plays the rich and flamboyant Veronica Lodge. The cast includes Vedang Raina as the narcissistic Reggie Mantle, Aditi ‘Dot’ Saigal as Riverdale’s up-and-coming hairstylist Ethel Muggs and Mihir Ahuja as the voracious Jughead Jones. Oddly enough, his iconic crown-shaped hat from the comics has been swapped out for a flat hat reminiscent of Bathers.

Akhtar is co-producing the film Archies through her own Tiger Baby Films label with Sharad Devarajan’s Graphics India. Earlier this month, filmmakers dropped a second season of “Made in Heaven,” starring Sobhita Dhulipala and Arjun Mathur, on Amazon Prime Video Our favorite wedding planner is back to craft another huge Indian wedding. The new chapters focus mainly on the female perspective, and the key points of conflict are abuse, mistrust and divorce. All seven episodes of Made in Heaven’s second season are now available on the platform.

The Archies movie hits Netflix on December 7th.


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