Okay, it's the time that you put your childhood whimsies back on the table. We all have read about the recent buzz of how Disney is finding it difficult to find the new age Aladdin. They are looking for a brown actor in his early 20s who can sing and dance. But the problem is the makers have not yet found a face that fits the bill.
Now, let me lay the conditions before you:
18-22 Year Old
And even though opinions and advices were not asked for, they started pouring in on Twitter:
If only there was a country full of brown actors who regularly sing and dance in their movies ???? https://t.co/Cb3yxtNfGI— Desipointment (@saadishappy) July 11, 2017
Priyanka Chopra as Princess Jasmine and Dev Patel as Aladdin would have the whole world shooK! pic.twitter.com/uDh03KE5QL— Black Bill Gates. (@WrittenByTerry) July 11, 2017
But alas! We are missing one important point
The requirement is quite clear and rigid on the terms of age limit and skills folks. Given that the whole project will be a creation of Disney, here is how it differs from Bollywood. The offered options of Fawad Khan, Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan or Hrithik Roshan do not fit the bill as they are way beyond the range of 18-22.
Now Hollywood (and Disney to be precise) does not compromise on the set demands of the character. The sole responsibility of a movie does not lie on the shoulders of the “Super-stars”.
It is our beloved Bollywood that makes us digest a 44-year-old Aamir Khan as a fresh graduate pursuing student from ICE in 3 Idiots.
A 27-year-old Siddharth as fresh off the oven Kukkad in Student Of The Year!
Now, we could also say that these are the incredible acting skills of our actors but lets face it, we would never question this!
And just when we thought that we did not get enough we will now be witnessing a 31-year-old Ranbir Kapoor playing a 17-year-old detective in Jagga Jasoos.
And some people also pointed out the irony of the situation:
can y'all stop fancasting indian actors as aladdin he's ARAB when will you understand that people of color aren't interchangeable— jia. (@ohamysantiago) July 12, 2017
Just breathe Bollywood enthusiasts. What say, Sallu?!