Zoya Akhtar

Zoya Akhtar’s films about the rich are admired by the masses. “The Archies” doesn’t do that

mendian . lovers Arches He was sitting quietly – Betty, Veronica, and Archie’s heydays are etched in memory – until May 14, when Bollywood producer and director Zoya decided to choose to charge social media with her first look at the adapted Indian comic. Why does Zoya Akhtar need to make films about India’s poor? Aren’t there enough people already doing this? You write and imagine the life you know so well and people love for it. India is not only poverty. Someone needs to highlight their elite life”: My movie appreciation teacher’s words were ringing in my head as I scrolled through tweets mocking the cast’s reveal video.

In the humor was Zoya Akhtar’s typical formula: wealthy, good-looking people who enjoy life in the sun. There would be some conflict, one we weren’t aware of yet, dancing, weird activities, and maybe more dancing. Isn’t that pretty much what Zindagi na Meligi Dobara (2011) and Dil Dhadakne Du (2015) was also about?

Even her short film was directed in lust stories (2018) Mukhtarat viewed the suffering of a domestic worker in an affair with her employer from a largely elitist perspective.

So, if there is nothing new, why do people get upset?

Precisely because there is a difference in the last teaser when compared to Akhtar’s previous work. While her stories revolved around a certain class, they were somewhere that appealed to audiences. You are connected to family fights, sibling relationships, how awkward friendships can get, and how love is not easy. Imran (Farhan Akhtar) in Zindagi na Meligi Dobara Every middle-class man was earning his pennies in an ad agency. Farah Ali (Anushka Sharma) in Dil Dhadakne Du He was trying to survive a disgraced career. This joke, however, sounded very strange. Very western in terms of aesthetic, dress, background music, and – no surprise there – very favouritism, and thus, a turn. You have Suhana Khan playing Veronica, awkward plain Jane Khushi Kapoor, trying hard to match Agastya Nanda in retro India.

The nepotism and pandering of the Western aesthetic makes the star ad a joke Arches disappointing. And this movie is coming from Zoya Akhtar’s collections as a director chance luck (2009), which parodies these very trends of the Hindi film industry.

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Arches No stranger to India

Arches It may be an American comedy about an American boy, but it’s not an outlandish story about India.

There was a time when there were magazines on our bedroom tables and Arches He usually rules them – or was a close competitor with them chime. It’s a world that comics readers know intimately, especially English readers.

Now if you ask them, they will say: What is the point of telling the adventures of Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead, from an Indian point of view if everyone looks like an Amerindian?

This pop, vintage look and feel of the teaser is a hopeless imitation of the ’60s Western — there’s nothing “Indian” about it. If we want to see the Archies gang in a western setting, we’ve got enough content – we don’t need Zoya Akhtar to add it.

This does not mean that Archie should wear a kurta, Veronica in a saree and samosas are given to Jughead instead of hamburgers. Nobody wants the stereotype of Indians like that. But urban Indian youth is nothing like what Zoya Akhtar showed in her teaser. Moreover, she does not look like the original characters either.

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The “N” word

Many joked about it Arches A teaser reveals how Zoya Akhtar wrote this movie as an all-encompassing platform for star children. Bollywood, too, is celebrating the film as an achievement for their young children. Appreciation flowed from SRK and Amitabh Bachchan on social media.

It seems that what was definitively seen as Karan Johar’s trademark Bollywood filmography has spread – nepotism here without any apology.

All the newbies in the industry are Richie Fortunes of the industry with big names behind them – Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan. For some seniors like Rishi Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt, Jackie Shroff and Saif Ali Khan, the industry is akin to an extended family – cousins, in-laws and relatives have their feet firmly on the ground.

This is probably a big reason why there will never be stars like SRK or Amitabh Bachchan again. Indians are tired of watching the sons and daughters of movie stars monopolize every opportunity. It sounds like you might be the best actors who ever walked the planet, but if you don’t have a connection in the industry, you probably won’t get a fair chance.

The criticism called for in this teaser mainly mentions Zoya Akhtar and the rest of the movie Barivar: Ye Filmin Tomari Bab Ki Thodie Hen.

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(Editing Hamra La’iq)

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