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Zoya Akhtar officially launched the teaser of her highly anticipated musical ‘The Archies‘ over the weekend. The clip gave us our first official glimpses of Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan, Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson Agastya Nanda, Boney Kapoor’s daughter Khushi Kapoor, along with the rest of the cast including actors Mihir Ahuja, Dot, Yuvraj Menda and Vedang Raina.

Days after the teaser dropped, comments and fan reactions are still pouring in on social media with many sharing their honest opinions about the upcoming film. The film that provides a launchpad for three star kids, is touted to be an adaptation of the famous comic books, but with a ‘desi’ twist.

Although Bollywood stars have been singing praise of the teaser and sharing their excitement about the upcoming flick, a certain section of Indian netizens seemed unimpressed. While the topic of ‘nepotism’ came back in discussion, others couldn’t seem to connect the dots and wondered about the relatability of the film.

“Archies for Americans is relatable to all small town teenager, but here he gets the treatment of an urban elite class chap who doesn’t look and dress like 99.9% Indians In an adaptation it’s not enough to cast indians you have to make them feel like one too,” a Twitter user commented.

Another said, “I love @iamsrk but this series with Indian kids playing as Europeans in 80s is the most disconnected show ever planned. Zero interest raised . It’s like few American kids playing Malgudi days with Hawai backdrop!”

“How does it look like an Indian adaptation ..where does Indians used to wear these kind off dresses eat burger, pizza, doughnuts When u tell Indian adaptation it should make u feel on screen also,” said another.

Another added, “#TheArchies from @NetflixIndia looks like a bunch of kids who actually have never read Archies.”

There were also those who stood up for the film and its actors saying, “People on twitter must stop whining about nepo kids everytime a movie comes out. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Latest is the #Archies series on #netflixindia. Cringe is them saying it doesn’t capture the ‘real India’. BC must everything be a gangs of wasseypur rip off?!”

Meanwhile, there were those who revived the nepotism debate. Reacting to the film’s poster, a Twitter user said, “It should be called ‘THE MULTIVERSE OF NEPOTISM'”

Another added, “#TheArchies from @NetflixIndia looks like a bunch of kids who actually have never read Archies.”

There were also those who stood up for the film and its actors saying, “People on twitter must stop whining about nepo kids everytime a movie comes out. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Latest is the #Archies series on #netflixindia. Cringe is them saying it doesn’t capture the ‘real India’. BC must everything be a gangs of wasseypur rip off?!”

The Archies is an official adaption comic book series of the same name which follows the lives of four friends — Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge and Jughead Jones, all navigating through teenage life. Although there are people who are finding the project interesting, there are people who are questioning the need for such a film.

‘The Archies‘ will be released in 2023.

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