A few weeks ago, Memsaab posted a review of Makdee wherein I had commented that Shweta Prasad would be my choice for Hermione if someone were to remake Harry Potter in Hindi. So I got to thinking: If I had to remake the Potter franchise in Hindi, what would my casting choices look like? I’m gonna assume that I can pick actors from across the ages to play various roles, so that a really appropriate casting choice doesn’t get thrown out simply because I didn’t have a time machine handy.
Ron Weasley: Kunal Khemu.
Hermione Granger: Shweta Prasad, hands down.
Albus Dumbledore: Amitabh Bachchan. One of those choices that seems obvious in hindsight, but trust me, I spent a lot of time agonizing over this one before deciding that it really had to be AB. For what it’s worth, my next choice would’ve been Prithviraj Kapoor.
Severus Snape: Kay Kay Menon.
Sirius Black: I’m thinking Vinod Khanna.
Remus Lupin: Boman Irani
Minerva McGonagall: Dina Pathak.
Hagrid: Dara Singh.
Draco Malfoy: Really can’t think of anyone for this role.
… and in minor supporting roles:
Arthur Weasley: Anupam Kher
Molly Weasley: Kirron Kher
Lucius Malfoy: Jeevan.
Gilderoy Lockhart: Salman Khan. A lot of people can play handsome, but Salman can play silly like few others can. He comes by it naturally, I think.
Horace Slughorn: Utpal Dutt
James Potter: Dharmendra
Lily Potter: Sharmila Tagore
Peter Pettigrew: Pankaj Kapoor.
Mundungus Fletcher: Keshto Mukherjee. Not really a major character, but I had to give ol’ Keshto a part somehow 🙂
Lord Voldemort: Naseeruddin Shah.
Any suggestions on who should play Harry? Write in with your casting choices, or post them on your blog and drop me a note. I’ve restricted my choices to Hindi cinema, but one can consider other Indian languages as well.