A handful of Bollywood stars' offspring are all set to follow in their famous families' footsteps under the stewardship of acclaimed director Zoya Akhtar.
The Archies, a Bollywood take on the famous American comic book series, caused a frenzy online in April when pictures from the film's set were leaked, owing to its starry cast. The musical drama will mark the Bollywood debut of Suhana Khan, the daughter of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, as well as Agastya Nanda, the grandson of Indian film veteran Amitabh Bachchan, and Khushi Kapoor, the daughter of late Bollywood star Sridevi, among others.
Director Akhtar on Monday announced the film had wrapped up production in Mumbai, and shared celebratory pictures from the last day of the shoot, which featured the cast as well as the crew.
"Archieeeeeessssss! Film Wrap. Best Crew. Best Cast. Only gratitude," she posted on Instagram.
What is The Archies about?
Akhtar, whose last film Gully Boy (2019) was India's official entry for the Oscars, announced The Archies in November last year.
"Archie and the crew are about to get down and desi! The Archies, a coming-of-age musical drama directed by me. Coming soon to Netflix!," she posted on Instagram.
Akhtar, who has directed a number of box office hits including Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) will reunite with her long-time producing partner Reema Kagti for The Archies. The film will reportedly be set in India in the 1960s and will be the pair's first solo production for their Tiger Baby films.
“Archie Comics was a large part of my childhood and teenage years. The characters are iconic and globally loved, which is also why I am a little nervous. I have to make sure the film stokes the nostalgia of a generation that grew up on the comic and yet resonates with the young adults today,” Akhtar said when the film was announced.
The director finally unveiled her main cast in May with a video clip showing seven of the main members in character.
"Ain't nothing like old school. Grab your gang 'cause the Archies are coming soon on Netflix," she shared on Instagram.
Who's in the cast of The Archies?
Although rumours have been doing the rounds in Bollywood that Akhtar's next project would launch a number of star children, neither director Akhtar nor the supposed cast members publicly spoke about the film until April when images from the set were leaked.
That same month, Bachchan confirmed the news of his grandson's casting in a since-deleted tweet.
Sharing a post by a fan, which had pictures of the three star children, Bachchan said: "Agastya... a new chapter begins in your life and there cannot be greater joy among us all. My blessings, my love and my wishes ever. Do well and keep the flag flying!"
The post was soon deleted by the actor, 79, one of the most respected names in the film industry.
Agastya, 21, is the son of Bachchan's daughter, Shweta Bachchan Nanda and her businessman husband Nikhil Nanda.
Unlike his reported co-stars Suhana and Khushi, Agastya has no public profiles on social media, but often makes appearances on his mum's accounts, as well as those of his famous grandfather, and uncle, actor Abhishek Bachchan.
The London-educated Agastya comes from top film pedigree not only on his mother's side. His father is the grandson of Raj Kapoor, often referred to as the "Greatest Showman of Indian Cinema".
Agastya has an older sister, Navya Naveli, 25.
Khushi, 21, the other star child set to make her debut, is already used to the limelight, often sharing snippets of her glamorous life with her more than 800,000 followers on Instagram. The younger daughter of Bollywood producer Boney Kapoor and late actress Sridevi, Khushi is all set to follow in the footsteps of sister Janhvi Kapoor, 25, who already has three films behind her.
An aspiring model before she landed her acting role, Khushi reportedly shares a close bond with her sister as well as her half-brother, the actor Arjun Kapoor and half-sister Anshula Kapoor, both from her father's first marriage.
She is also childhood friends with co-star Suhana.
The second child of Bollywood superstar Khan and interior designer Gauri Khan, Suhana, also 21, has been preparing for her time in the limelight. A trained dancer and drama student, Suhana is already a social media star, with three million followers on Instagram.
The Archies is not technically her first acting role. In 2019, she starred in a 10-minute film, The Grey Part of Blue, which she made while at school in England. The short has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube.
Suhana, who appeared on the cover of Vogue India in 2018, told the magazine she'd always known she was going to be an actress.
“I don’t think there was any one moment when I decided. Since I was young, I’d do all these accents and impressions. But my parents only realised I was serious about acting when they saw a performance of mine for the first time. I was playing Miranda in a school performance of The Tempest,” she said.
In the same interview, her father revealed he had no plans to give her an easy footing in the industry.
“Suhana’s not working towards a promise of being cast. She’s working towards being an actor, and she knows that. I keep insisting that I don’t want them designed as stars, I want them to be launched when they are good-enough actors," he said.
The rest of the main cast of The Archies includes Aditi Dot, popularly known as Dot, who is the daughter of late Indian rock music star Amit Saigal; model Vedang Raina; influencer Yuvraj Menda; and actor and Mihir Ahuja.