The Archies releases on Netflix today, December 7, 2023.
A poster for The Archies; (right) Karan Johar
It's December 7, and all eyes are on Netflix because The Archies releases today on the streaming platform. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the Indian adaptation of the popular comic has been the talk of the town for a while now and the cast, including Suhana Khan, Agastya Nanda, Khushi Kapoor, Mihir Ahuja, Vedang Raina, Dot, and Yuvraj Menda, has been trending for a couple of months now. A special screening of the film was organised yesterday, and in attendance was Karan Johar, who has shared a pretty long review.
Karan Johar took to his Instagram handle to announce that he has watched The Archies and thanked Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti for making the fun and moving musical that also launches fresh faces in the world of films. Karan, in a very lengthy note, appreciated every single aspect of the movie and had pretty great things to say about it. While he called Suhana Khan a performer who performs with the ease of a veteran, he also said that Agastya Nanda plays the complicated character well.
After praising Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti for the technicalities of the movie and the writing, Karan Johar mentioned what touched him the most about The Archies. He wrote, "Zoya and Reema not only speak of friendship and the traumas of genZ love but also of what a teenage mind can feel when they combat their sexual orientation and fear judgment ( watch out for this tender moment my favorite scene in the film) …but very subtly they address climate change, voice of a minority and the need to uprise to injustice all this packaged to a zingy and zanny musical!! I felt young and wanted to be a friend to this magnificent 7 and go back in time where I spent hours reading this delicious comic series!”
Praising the cast he wrote, “The new kids on the block are fantastic… Agastya Nanda ( get onto Insta baby) is fantastic! He makes a complicated and sometimes an unlikeable character so lovable! He had me at hello!!! @mihirahuja_ is Brilliant he has impeccable comic timing and yet scores in very emotional beat! I loved @dotandthesyllables she is like sunshine through and through @khushi05k as Betty broke my heart in the most beautiful way! Watch out for her silent moments … and her compassionate eyes ! A heartbreaker in every way !!!! Loved her! @suhanakhan2 as VERONICA is coquettish , vulnerable and sassy ! All this with the ease of a veteran ! Watch her moves and grooves and that sass hits its out of the green park! She’s here to stay and conquer!’"
“@yuvrajmenda is just so so good!!!!! He had me in tears in one scene and please note his “thank YOUU” is going viral very soon!!!! @vedangraina as REGGIE walks the talk! He oozes charm and confidence in equal measure and has that movie star swag!! Also dance with unabashed ease! Congratulations to @zoieakhtar and @reemakagti1 for making my evening so special! Nostalgia and a rocking musical! I am not complaining! Congratulations to Monika and team @netflix_in for executing such a brilliant and strategic campaign! Watch it asap!”
Meanwhile, The Archies will be releasing today on Netflix and the buzz for the same is intense . Watch out for this space as we share our review of the Zoya Akhtar directorial later in the day. Also, stay tuned to OTTplay for more on this and everything else in the world of streaming and films.