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This Desi Version of Riverdale is So Crazy That It Might Just Work…

today20 November 2023


Images: Netflix Press Room

At only RM5 for a Single Digest and RM10 for a Double Digest (at least back in 2005), the comic book world of Archie and his friends was instantly accessible to many of us growing up in Malaysia.

The 2017 live-action series was a stark reimagining of this long-running comic book franchise, with Riverdale bringing in a more mature storyline that went off the rails as the seasons went on. Now, for a unique take on the Riverdale gang, Netflix has given the franchise a Bollywood twist in a new movie. 

The Archies is a coming-of-age musical that follows the lives of 17-year-old highschoolers, Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, Ethel and Dilton in the fictional hilly town of Riverdale, but that’s as far as similarities go. 

Instead of the eternal 1950s American setting that most…

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Written by: Dale B

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