Zoya Akhtar’s The Archies had its premiere at the Grand Theatre in the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) in Mumbai on Tuesday night. The film, a live-action musical adaptation of Archie Comics, is set to release on Netflix on December 7.
The film’s cast, including Agastya Nanda, Suhana Khan, Khushi Kapoor, Dot, Mihir Ahuja, Vedang Raina and Yuvraj Menda, attended the premiere along with Akhtar and co-writer/producer Reema Kagti.
Shah Rukh Khan, father of debutante Suhana, graced the event along with other members of his family. The Bachchan family also marked their presence to cheer for Agastya, grandson of Amitabh Bachchan and son of Shweta Bachchan-Nanda.
Kajol, Rani Mukherjee, Karan Johar, Rekha, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Neetu Singh, Ranveer Singh, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Subhash Ghai, David Dhawan, Karisma Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Shilpa Shetty, Hema Malini, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Pooja Bhatt and many other industry figures also attended the premiere. They were joined by Netflix co-chief Ted Sarandos and Archie Comics co-CEO Jon Goldwater.
In a recent interview with The Hindu, Akhtar described The Archies as a wholesome family watch. “I’m doing something on a streaming platform and there’s a lot of — including what we’ve done in the past — adult narratives, so here was my chance to do something for the tweens and to really talk to them. The film is set in a simpler time in India and we wanted to keep that innocence and that wholesomeness. It is that one film where the whole family can sit together and happily watch.”