Disney is all set to light up the city of Agrabah in all new Aladdin. The famous 1992 film is getting a live-action adaptation directed by Guy Ritchie. Aladdin has been in the news for its casting, finally zeroing on Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Hollywood star Will Smith as the Genie. The fans are not happy with the casting and slammed the makers of racism and white washing the characters. At such an outraged hour, a fan-made picture is doing rounds on Instagram depicting Indian actors as Aladdin characters. Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra roped in as Aladdin and Jasmine respectively while Sanjay Dutt as King Jafar. Veteran actor Anupam Kher is seen portraying the lovable character of the Genie. Disney Comes Under Criticisms From Twitterati for Casting Naomi Scott as Jasmine in Upcoming Aladdin.
An Instagrammer posted a well-imagined poster of Aladdin with the Indian cast. Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, is depicted in the role of Aladdin, a poor, but kind-hearted Agrabah thief. Gorgeous actress and SRK’s Don co-star, Priyanka Chopra is shown as the lovely Princess Jasmine. In the role of Jafar, the evil power-hungry Grand Vizier of Agrabah, Sanjay Dutt is taken in while the fun character of the Genie is given to Anupam Kher. While we are in awe with the entire cast, we would love to see someone else other than Anupam Kher step in the shoes of the Genie.
1992 Disney film Aladdin is one of the favourite films of every 90s kids. And the joy knew no bounds when the announcement over its live-action was made. Disney has been making several live-action movies, adapting from its famous animations like “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella” and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast.” Hence, the news of Aladdin getting its own live version, it sent happy waves amongst its fans worldwide. But soon the controversy over casting and finalization of actors left the fans quite disappointed.
The news of director Guy Ritchie claiming that the search for “a male lead in his 20s who can act and sing has proven difficult—especially since the studio wants someone of Middle-Eastern or Indian descent,” caused an uproar on the social media. Several users pointed out the blah-ness of the makers to not able to find the right cast despite the presence of the full-fledged Indian film industry on top of the talented bunch of actors of Asian ethnicity ruling world cinema.
After a lot of hue and cry, Disney announced its final cast for Aladdin. Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud was finalized as Aladdin and English actress Naomi Scott, who is of Gujarati Indian, Ugandan and British descent, as Jasmine, while Will Smith is roped into play the Genie. Late actor Robin Williams had made this character popular by giving voice in the animated version of 1992 Aladdin.