I wrote this Fanfic ages ago and not many people read it. But I figure if it is ever going to get any attention, Harry Potter’s birthday is the best chance.
Harry Potter in Hindi Film
Okay, hear me out. When we were discussing Shahrukh as Sirius Black and who should be Remus Lupin, it suddenly hit me that Karan Johar, Shahrukh, and Aditya Chopra are really similar to Remus, James, and Sirius. And then I went down a whole wormhole in my head.
(So young! Before Valdemort destroyed it all)
How about this. Shahrukh is James (not Sirius). He and Adi and Karan are closer than closer. Shahrukh marries Gauri, his true love. Unaware that she left behind a connected politician’s son in Delhi who is pining for her and resents Shahrukh (Snape). Shahrukh and Gauri die (sad!). It is part of the 1990s attacks on the film industry by the gangsters from one side and politicians from the other. For his safety, Aryan is whisked away from film and put with Gauri’s family in Delhi. The whole thing is coordinated by Aditya Chopra, who I am combining as both Remus and Dumbledore in some ways. He sends Aryan away, where he won’t be noticed by the forces of politics/gangsters who destroyed his parents.
Aryan grows up in Delhi, ignored by his maternal relatives, who punish him for being bad at school and not dressing right and so on and so forth. Until he is 11, at which point they get a visit from…..I don’t know. Someone real world who feels like Hagrid. Anyway, Hagrid is there from Aditya, because before they died, Shahrukh and Gauri signed a 7 year contract guaranteeing Aryan would make a movie a year from 11 to 18 for Yash Raj Studios.
Aryan is whisked off to Yash Raj where he becomes friends with Navya Naveli Nanda and Aarav, who also have 7 year contracts and are playing bit parts in a movie with him. Aarav’s parents, Twinkle and Akshay take him in and give him a sense of what a real family feels like. Navya is effortlessly talented and intelligent and helps the two boys navigate their careers. Aditya occasionally appears on set to give advice, but mostly is a hidden figure. The 3 kids solve a mystery (some reporter who has a secret source) and get through their first film, and then Aryan has to go back to his sad life in Delhi. He also meets the government minister in charge of film who seems to hate him, unaware that this is his mother’s old boyfriend.
(Aryan and Navya in real life. They seem like part of a nice crowd of friends at school)
For 7 years, Aryan keeps coming back to shoot a movie, and keeping his friendship with Navya and Aarav. Navya quickly becomes famous while the two boys lag behind a bit. But Aarav doesn’t mind, and his parents keep loving him anyway. And Aryan is just happy to find a place where he belongs. Especially when he gets older and meets his Godfather, Karan Johar. Karan would have raised him except there was fear that the political climate and so on would make it even worse for him to be raised by Karan. Karan himself has been in hiding for the past 10 years, writing scripts under a fake name and generally not making public appearances. But, with Aditya’s encouragement, he is now back and ready to help and encourage Aryan.
In the end, Navya and Aarav realize they are in love, Karan/Sirius Black survives (too sad otherwise!) and learns not to be afraid to be his fabulous self, Aditya/Remus gets over his terrible problem (social anxiety, not werewolf-ism) and learns he can love and marries Rani and has a late in life child who Aryan is the godfather for. And then dies and the cycle continues with Aryan stepping up to take responsibility for the orphaned child (we do need a little sad. And I am intrigued by the idea of Aryan raising Adirani). And Aryan doesn’t have any romance at all, because I always felt like Harry and Ginny rushed things a little.
At least, that’s how I have roughed it out for now. Alternative option, Karan is James and there is no Lily. He dies, Roohi and Yash are whisked away to distant relatives, years later Adi sends for them, they become best friends with AbRam and Gauri and Shahrukh are the Weasleys combined with Sirius Black (I always found it a bit odd anyway that the Weasleys had no strong connection with the James & Lily crowd), Aaradha is their nemesis with all the privileges in the world. And the Snape is someone who always loved Karan, but also hated him for rejecting them, and felt like his decision to be a single father was part of that rejection. Which could be anyone really, who wouldn’t love Karan? Oh, and in the end, AbRam and Yash get together, because it is clearly fate.
Obviously in both versions, Valdemort/Death Eaters = the general forces of conservatism in India which are trying to defeat the film industry.
Regular Harry Potter Remake
Really, this is mostly just casting of the older generation, the interesting ones.
Sirius Black: Shahrukh
Remus Lupin: Irrfan Khan
Tonks: Kalki Koechlin
Mr. and Mrs. Weasley: Juhi and Akshay
Prof. McGonagall: Hema Malini
James and Lily (in flashback): Arjun Kapoor and Alia
And then the kids are kids. Heck, can be the same actors as from my first fanfic above! Aryan as Harry, Aarav as Ron, and Navya Naveli as Hermione.