What is this post about?? Take a wild guess! No?
Need a clue? Ok…The title of this post. Still scratching your head wondering what all this is about?
Ok fine… It’s about F.R.I.E.N.D.S. … in Hindi! Yea, in HINDI. And I do not mean a dubbed version (now, THAT is a potential disaster, like the hilarious Hindi dubbed versions of English flicks).
F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is my favourite sitcom! And I’m sure that’s the case for sooo many people out there. I never tire of watching all the re-runs; it still makes me laugh! I cannot claim that I’m a fanatic though, because I haven’t watched all the Seasons (I will some day!). I really don’t know why, when and how I started watching it. But it’s still something I prefer to watch, over all the other sitcoms that appear on Star World or Zee Cafe. There's something about them which makes you wish you had a bunch of friends like them.
Anyway, it so happens that a few of the actors in F.R.I.E.N.D.S. resemble Hindi film stars (atleast according to me)… and I wondered who all could possibly be cast in the Hindi version, in case any such thing were to be actually shot! Now, I think three people of the cast have definite equivalents. And they are:
Ross Geller –
Eng. Version: David Schwimmer
Hindi Version: Akshay Kumar
Yea, I said Akshay Kumar. You may disagree, but David Schwimmer always reminded me of Akshay Kumar. Don’t believe me? Take a look.
Now, it’s not just the looks, but I think Akshay suits the role too. Ross is this nerdy-cum-goofy character which Akshay is good at. (He does goofy a lot… Nerdy? Yea, he can manage).
Rachel Green –
Eng. Version: Jennifer Aniston
Hindi Version: Shilpa Shetty
I think Shilpa Shetty is a good match for Rachel Green – the svelte good-looking fashion enthusiast having an on-and-off affair with Ross (Akshay).
Joey Tribbiani –
Eng. Version: Matt LeBlanc
Hindi Version: Salman Khan
I’m not so sure about Salman being apt for the dumb-adorable-struggling actor Joey. But anyway, thought he resembled Matt. Oh yea, he'll do justice to the ‘womanizer’ bit of Joey, what say? ;-)
The rest of the cast?? Frankly, I’m clueless! I can’t think of actors who can play the parts of Chandler Bing, Monica Geller and Phoebe Buffay nor think of anybody who resembles them.
Lisa Kudrow look like Kim Sharma? (But can she play the quirky masseuse-cum-musician?)
Chandler Bing? Aamir Khan??? (Humour-wise, perhaps?)
Monica Geller? …………??????
Can you think of actors for these roles? Do you disagree with my choice? Or agree? Let me know… leave your comments!
P.S. Not like anyone’s gonna make D.O.S.T. a reality, but while you’re at it you can think of actors for other recurring roles too; like Janice, Gunther, Carol (Ross’ lesbian ex-wife), The Gellers, etc. :-D