“The Archies,” Netflix’s coming-of-age, live-action musical set in 1960s India based on Riverdale’s teenagers, stars the offspring of Bollywood superstars.
The film’s cast will include young actors Mihir Ahuja, Dot, Yuvraj Menda, and Vedang Raina. They are joined by Khushi Kapoor, the sister of Janhvi Kapoor and the daughter of late actor Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor; superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan; and Agastya Nanda, the grandson of revered actors Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan.
The feature film adaptation of the popular Archie comics in India will be produced by Akhtar and Reema Kagti for Tiger Baby and Sharad Devarajan for Graphic India. Kagti, Akhtar, and Ayesha DeVitre (“Kapoor & Sons”) wrote it.
The musical drama is directed by Zoya Akhtar (“Gully Boy”) and is set in the 1960s. “A musical experience brimming with youth, rebellion, friendships, first loves, and everything young adult, it promises to have something for everyone.” “The film features the iconic gang of The Archies, and perfectly matches the youthful energy, hope, and excitement of the sixties era,” according to a Netflix pitch for the film.
“Gully Boy,” Akhtar’s 2019 music-themed film, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was India’s Oscar submission. She directed parts of the Netflix anthology films “Ghost Stories” (2020) and “Lust Stories” (2019). The first season of Kagti and Akhtar’s Amazon series “Made in Heaven” was nominated for an International Emmy.
Watch the announcement video featuring the cast, set to a music track by Ankur Tewari (“Yeh Ballet”) and The Islanders here: