Pretty much every Star Wars movie to date – including the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens – could have been made in Bollywood. Think about it. The battle of good vs. evil, fanciful villains, famous last words, a complete disregard for the laws of physics, amazing special effects. Well, at the very least, they could have been scripted here. So of course, this got us thinking: Who would we cast if we had the chance to make our very own Star Wars (whaddaya say Rohit Shetty??)
1) Luke Skywalker: Hrithik Roshan
Ok, so maybe we’re thinking more Krrish than Hrithik. But you can’t deny the similarities: raised by relatives under humble circumstances, he discovers powers that he must learn to harness and use for the sake of defeating evil. Or something like that.
2) Princess Leia: Priyanka Chopra
A beautiful, independent, and badass woman who doesn’t take shit from anyone. If that doesn’t describe Priyanka Chopra to a T, then Star Wars isn’t a movie about wars that take place in… uhhh… the stars. Princess Leia is often referenced as a path-breaking character in the long march towards strong female lead characters, much in the same way that PeeCee is blazing a trail for South Asian actors in America with Quantico. Slam dunk!
3) Han Solo: Farhan Akhtar
The bad boy with a good heart. He may play second fiddle to Skywalker, but he’s a star in his own right. Handsome and charming, Farhan Akhtar’s chemistry with PeeCee is tried and tested from Dil Dhadakne Do.
4) Yoda: Om Puri
Old, cute and wrinkled. There’s really not much to say here, except we heart Yoda, and we heart Om Puri. Good enough for us.
5) Obi-Wan Kenobi (The Elder): Pankaj Kapur
The old sage: wise, patient, and let’s not forget that deep, soothing voice. Some might say Obi-Wan should be cast to play Pankaj Kapur. We agree.
6) Obi-Wan Kenobi (The Younger): Shahid Kapoor
Young, heroic, with an unpredictable angry streak. Who better to play a young Pankaj Kapur than his son, Shahid Kapoor. The Force is strong in this Kap(oo)/(u)r family.
7) Emperor Palpatine: Sanjay Dutt
This is how Wikipedia describes Emperor Palpatine:
“Though outwardly appearing to be a well-intentioned public servant and supporter of democracy prior to becoming Emperor,
he is in fact Darth Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith – a cult of practitioners of the dark side of the Force.”
Ummmm, Agneepath much?
8) C-3PO: Neil-NitinMukesho
Ok, so maybe we omitted a space in Neil Nitin Mukhesh‘s name. And added an “o”. But if the Twitterverse is allowed to do it, so are we!
9) R2-D2: Rajpal Yadav
Cute, compact, and always good for a laugh. Bet you can’t tell which of these two we’re describing.
10) Darth Vader: Rajinikanth
Because who else?
11) Chewbacca: Anil Kapoor (in this photo)
You know we love you Mr. India, but we just couldn’t resist. Anil Kapoor #FTW!
Do you agree with our casting?