This is like the third time we’ve done this, don’t care. It’s Friends! It’s the one pop culture artifact that everyone everywhere in the world has an awareness of! And which has some very very strong archetypes that are fun to translate to other cultures.
In the original, it centers on two apartments across the hall from each other. In one, very organized chef Monica and very disorganized spoiled rich girl Rachel. In the other, office worker awkward joker Chandler and charming confident ladies man aspiring actor Joey. And then there is Monica’s older brother/Chandler’s best friend nerdy Ross. And Monica’s ex-roommate/friend flakey Pheobe.
I’m gonna slightly change the set-up. Monica and Ross’s grandmother has an old building in a good area in Bombay. She is a nice lady and rents rooms to nice young people she likes. Monica moves in with her because she is sick of being criticized by her parents for not being exactly what they wanted. Ross moves in after his marriage falls apart. Chandler gets a room on recommendation from Ross. Phoebe is adopted by Monica after she sees her singing outside her restaurant and brought home. Rachel flees to the house when she runs away from her wedding. And Joey strikes up a friendship with Chandler and ends up being offered a room just because he is so nice.
Now we have the one nice old lady, and the 6 young people sharing a household and trying to figure out their lives. The thing that makes it special is that the young people heal each other. There is a reason they are all in this strange place, their families of origin and the life they had planned is all falling apart. So they form a new family and gain back respect and confidence and sense of self, and then fall in love with each other.
Monica: Sonam Kapoor! Fight me on this if you want, but she is all precise and perfectionist and mothers her friends.
Rachel: Parineeta! Assuming she can remember how to act again.
Phoebe: Mithila Palkar. She is so good at playing funny and flakey!
Ross: Arjun Kapoor. Especially with Pari.
Joey: Rajkummar Rao. Hot and dim aspiring actor would be hilarious from him.
Chandler: Ranveer. Gotta be. Hyper and joking all the time, but with a core of decency.
Okay, now you talk. Your favorite casting, the changes you would make to the plot, all of that.
Oh, and the Grandma who owns the house and brought them all together: