Zoya Akhtar Says, “Archies is Based on the Anglo Indian Community”

Zoya Akhtar’s upcoming Indian film adaptation of the iconic Archies Comics was faced with quite a bit of backlash and ridicule after the teaser for the 2023 film was dropped. Netizens called it unrealistic and maybe a little too “western” for the Indian Audiences.

In a recent interview with Zoya Akhtar and the CEO of Archie Comics Jon Goldwater, Akhtar revealed that the film indeed is set in the Anglo-Indian Community to maintain the essence of the original comics while still adding the needed Indian touch to it. Akhtar also went on to say that the Anglo-Indian community is not as frequently seen in mainstream Bollywood, and Akhtar would like to change that.

“We’ve set it in the Anglo-Indian community of India, and it’s in our magical fictional hill station down in our country. The town is called Riverdale, it’s fictional,” The Gully Boy director said in the video. She added, “It’s such a pleasure and an absolute honour to be asked to make the Indian adaptation of this very iconic comic. It’s a huge part of my childhood. I’ve grown up reading it. It’s very exciting to be able to take the characters and introduce them to a new generation, and at the same time, keep that nostalgia and the essence of the comic alive for people like me that grew up on it.”

The movie starring young actors such as Khushi Kapoor, Agastya Nanda, and Suhana Khan is all set to hit the theatres in early 2023. Yesterday, Akhtar also shared another poster of the movie, giving us another glimpse of what we can expect from the Netflix film.

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