DDLJ Broadway adaptation with star Austin Colby as SRK’s Raj, fans call it ‘awesome’.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a 1995 romantic drama starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, is definitely one of the most popular Bollywood films. However, now the film is getting a Broadway adaptation in the West, Mashable says. Actor Austin Colby announced on his social media that he will play the reimagined character of Raj, now named Roger Mendel aka Rogue. The Broadway title will be Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical. Raj, the epitome of a lovelorn boy in Bollywood, will now be revived by this British actor as Rog Mendel. He will play his role opposite Indian-American actor Shuba Narayan, who will be Simran.

Austin made the announcement while taking to his official Instagram handle. “A few months ago, I had never heard of the film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) nor knew about its global impact. I am in awe of this beautiful love story, Bollywood film. And now, Come Fall In Love – the original director of the DDLJ musical, Aditya Chopra in the lead, and Raj (now Rog) in the lead, a new concept to Bollywood on Broadway. Will undoubtedly be the greatest cultural experience to bring in. The honor of my career,” he wrote in the caption.

As the news spread, netizens across social media reacted differently. There were many who criticized the decision of the makers. “Why? How? It’s terrifying. It’s totally how the greatest iconic Indian character (Raj) could be played by Austin Colby. Another form of colonialism? The famous Bollywood film that Broadway whitewashed the lead character. Made for. Fans are not happy,” one Twitter user wrote. Take a look:

Another person wrote, “I got so excited when I told my friends that DDLJ (my favorite movie) was coming to Broadway. We decided to take a flight. Then I read that ICONIC Raj’s character Austin Colby stars as Rog Mandel. I May Never See Him. DDLJ – Cast of Broadway Musical by Aditya Chopra.

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