‘I am not Shah Rukh Khan’s Raj and will not pretend to be’ says Austin Colby from DDLJ Musical

Yash Raj Films produced DDLJ Musical will be out in September. The musical has been directed by Aditya Chopra himself, who also directed the 1995 Bollywood film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ). The original film starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. The musical is titled ‘Come Fall In Love – The DDLJ Musical.’ Recently, netizens were not happy about Austin Colby being roped in to play Shah Rukh Khan’s Raj in the musical. Not just that, the character of Raj has been reimagined to be a white man by the name Rog, while Simran’s character remains unchanged.


Austin Colby has responded to the comparisons and has clarified that he is not going to pretend to play Raj, the way Shah Rukh Khan did. He said, “I’m aware what my involvement in this production means to many people and I completely understand its impact. I’m not the Raj that Shah Rukh Khan made us fall in love with, nor will I ever pretend to be.” He shared that he is excited to be part of the story and hopes that people love it as much as they do.

Austin also spoke about what he discovered about Indian culture after watching the original DDLJ. He added, “After watching ‘DDLJ,’ I was filled with joy, peering through a window into the rich world of Indian culture. It is overwhelming to fully process ‘DDLJ’s impact on both Indian and global audiences, touching hearts and changing lives.”


He thanked Aditya Chopra for trusting him and said, “What an honor for me to be a part of bringing ‘Come Fall In Love’ to the American theater audience and entrusted with this responsibility by the original director, Aditya Chopra. Hearing him talk about his vision for this musical is inspiring and something I truly believe in.”

On the other hand, Aditya Chopra, in a statement, shared, “26 years later I’m going back to my original vision of the story of DDLJ, a love story of an American boy and an Indian girl, a love story of two cultures two worlds. But this time the medium is not cinema but theatre. 26 years later I will be directing DDLJ all over again but this time as an English language Broadway musical for a worldwide audience.”

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