'DDLJ' Broadway Casts Austin Colby As Shah Rukh Khan's Raj; The Internet Asks 'Another Form Of Colonization?'

If any foreigner asks us to name a Bollywood film that truly represents the ‘masala’ of Hindi cinema, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is surely to pop up in our heads. The 1995 romantic drama featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol remains one of the iconic ventures in Bollywood that continues to influence trends in the romance genre. This film is now getting a Broadway adaptation in the west.

The audience has always been wary of remakes and adaptations. From changing the tone of the original piece to lacking creativity, there are plenty of instances to back this criticism. However, this one surely takes the cake. Actor Austin Colby took to his social media to announce that he will be playing the reimagined role of Raj, who is now named Roger Mandel aka Rog, in Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical while Indian American actor Shoba Narayan.

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As if the iconic film getting revamped into a musical was not enough, the fact that the makers decided to select a white actor to play the role of Raj, clearly a desi Munda, has the entire internet riled up. Renowned chef Vikas Khanna was also fairly disappointed in the announcement as he questioned if this was ‘another form of colonization?’. Check out the tweets from distressed netizens who are criticizing the makers’ decision.

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John Colin

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