Zoya Akhtar’s rendition of the classic comic series, The Archies, starring the next-gen of Bollywood is all set to release on Netflix on December 7, 2023.

Ever since the ZNMD director announced this ambitious project last year, the speculation around it has been at an all-time high. Zoya’s filmography has always been about original stories – to watch the director touch a subject that has been told multiple times, in different eras, through different forms caused an obvious stir of intrigue around the project.

The cherry on top of this Riverdale-based milkshake was the star caste she hand picked. 3 out of the 7 lead characters in the movie belong to legacy film families – Suhana khan (daughter of Bollywood superstar Sharukh Khan), Agastya Nanda (grandson of legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan), Khushi Kapoor (daughter of late icon Sridevi and producer Boney Kapoor). The remaining four include young actors Vedang Raina, Aditi Dot, Yuvraj Menda and Mihir Ahuja, who are also making their debut with this much-awaited film.

Last night, the movie was premiered at the NMACC in Mumbai and here are the highlights of the event:

Khushi Kapoor paid tribute to Sridevi


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The 23-year-old new-age actor began her journey in Bollywood by paying a homage to her late mother. For the priemier of The Archies, Khushi opted for the same gold strapless gown by Kaufman Franco, that late Sridervi wore in 2013 for an award ceremony.

SRK escorting Suhana to the red carpet


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Known as the most thorough gentleman of Bollywood, Sharukh Khan played a dutiful father, as he accompanied one of the star of the night a.k.a his daughter on the red carpet. Always the centre of attraction within the khan family, it was heart-warming to see the mega star step aside and pave the way for his daughter.

Three generation of the Bachchans


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For the Bachchans, it was a family affair on the red carpet. From Shweta Bachchan-Nanda to the Jaya Bachchan, everyone rallied on the red carpet around Agastya Nanda, who played the tituliar role in this film. In one of the social media posts by Netflix, three generactions of actors from the Bachchan family were captured together – Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Agastya Nanda – the grandfather and uncle beamed with pride in the same frame.

All the stars descended on the red carpet

The Archies

You know it’s a Zoya Akhtar film when the who’s who of Bollywood can be seen in attendance. Whether it was her filmmaker friend Karan Johar, her brother actor-producer Farhan Akhtar or other industry heavy weights like Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

Friends like family

The Archies

Female actors have notoriously pitted against each other for the sake of gossip and drama, which makes their support for each other’s work even more special. Suhana Khan, Ananya panday and Shanaya Kapoor are childhood friends – on Suhana’s big night, both Ananya and Shanaya were seen cheering for their friend.

The cast basking in the glory of appreciation

After the curtains went down and the premiere of the film was over, a photograph of the cast, standing in the centre of a thunderous applaud has been captured. After a year of conjecture around their credibitly due to their pedigree, it must have been encourging to be on the receiving end of this.

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