Shah Rukh Khan's Raj To Be Played By Austin Colby In DDLJ Musical In Broadway & Netizens Are In Disgust- Read On
Shah Rukh Khan’s Raj Malhotra To Be Played By Austin Colby In DDLJ Musical In Broadway Irks Netizens ( Photo Credit – Instagram ; Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Poster )

Aditya Chopra’s directorial debut Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is one of the most successful Indian films in history. Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer is now considered to be a much-loved classic. Now the filmmaker is all set to make his debut as a director on Broadway with DDLJ.

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Reportedly, Yash Raj Films’ head honcho is producing and directing the Broadway musical Come Fall In Love inspired by DDLJ. The musical stars Austin Colby and Shoba Narayan. However, it seems fans are not quite impressed by British actors replacing SRK in Broadway musicals. Scroll down to know more.

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Austin Colby will essay the lead role of Rog Mandel. In the original film, which was released in 1995, Shah Rukh Khan played the lead and his character’s name was Raj. Fans of the superstar aren’t too pleased to hear the report. Some netizens criticized casting a non-Indian in the role and even changing the name of the character. Author Aseem Chhabra also expressed his disappointment over casting a British actor in SRK’s role.

It is widely known that when Aditya Chopra wrote ‘Dilwale Dulhiya Le Jayenge’, he wanted the story of the film to be about the relationship between an Indian girl and an American boy. The original vision of Aditya for DDLJ’s casting was that he wanted Hollywood actor Tom Cruise for the role of Raj, but Yash Chopra turned him down. He advised Aditya to convert the foreign boy into an NRI and Aditya Chopra accepted the advice. Aditya then approached Shah Rukh Khan to play the role of Raj.

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Earlier this month, Austin Colby took to his Instagram handle and announced the news of being cast for the broadway musical Come Fall In Love inspired by Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. He wrote, “A few months ago, I had never heard of the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) or known of it’s global impact. I am in awe of this beautiful love story, celebrating Bollywood film at it’s finest. And now, to have workshopped Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical under the original director, Aditya Chopra, and trusted with the role of Raj (now Rog) to bring Bollywood to Broadway as a reimagined, inclusive cultural experience will undoubtedly be the greatest honor of my career. I hope I make you proud, @iamsrk.”

 

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