Nostalgia is a powerful emotion, and it’s the main reason why filmmakers keep cashing in with old media franchises. Archie has been reimagined before, with the bewildering twists and turns of the CW’s Riverdale, but this time, it’s India’s turn with the franchise, and Graphic India and Tiger Baby Films partnered with the original publication to reimagine the town as an Anglo-Indian community in The Archies. The production design is undoubtedly stunning, with the maximalist Bollywood spectacle borrowing from 60’s Americana, and the musical numbers aren't half bad either. However, it’s the story and characterization that falters, as it feels like the leads are just going through the motions of the familiar love triangles. The film is still fun to watch, but ultimately, it feels like The Archies relies on spectacle to make up for its shortcomings.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Actor: Agastya Nanda, Alyy Khan, Delnaaz Irani, Dot., Farhan Akhtar, Khushi Kapoor, Koel Purie, Luke Kenny, Mihir Ahuja, Puja Sarup, Satyajit Sharma, Suhana Khan, Tara Sharma, Vedang Raina, Vinay Pathak
Director: Zoya Akhtar