American Show, Desi Tadka: Recasting “The Big Bang Theory”
In this edition of American Show, Desi Tadka, we’re recasting the award-winning comedy show, “The Big Bang Theory.” This CBS comedy has single-handedly made being “nerdy” cool and sexy. Now imagine if India remade “The Big Bang Theory.” Chew on this: a show about nerdy friends trying to maneuver the real world? Sounds like a hit desi show to me!
How do we desify the premise of the show? Easy, let’s turn these nerdy friends into four engineers with their sexy next-door neighbor who is an aspiring Bollywood actress.
“The Big Bang Theory” recast
Sheldon Cooper is a genius who has an inflated sense of self-value, an obsession with trains, and very little understanding of human emotions. Kapil Sharma was made for this role.
The television host and actor is absolutely hilarious with multiple talents. He is one of the few actors on television who will be able to pull off Sheldon’s awkward antics.
Leonard is possibly the least goofy out of the four best friends. He is smart, endearing and always needs to be loved thanks to his cold and distant mother. He’s an adorable man-child with puppy dog eyes. Who among the Indian television industry has gorgeous eyes you can’t help but love?
Duh, Nakuul Mehta, of course. His green eyes will have you drooling in seconds!
The “Ishqbaaz” actor is versatile, funny (have you seen his web series “I Don’t Watch TV?”) and absolutely lovable—the perfect man to play Leonard.
Howard is not just nerdy. He’s also a momma’s boy and takes being awkward to a whole new level. Howard’s mom (who never actually appears on the show) is an overprotective and interfering Jewish mother who takes care of her grown son like he’s still a 16-year-old. Howard’s “ladies’ man” image is in his imagination. He’s lucky to have found Bernadette!
Actor Mohit Sehgal is definitely the perfect actor to play awkward and lustful Howard. They even have similar haircuts!
From his work on soaps and reality shows, it is clear that Sehgal is funny, dorky and talented. He played the “cool bad boy” in “Miley Jab Hum Tum” so it would be interesting to see him take on a different role.
The resident desi face on the show, Raj is an adorable astrophysicist who is painfully shy. Raj is so shy he can’t talk to girls unless he’s drinking. However, once he opens up, the talking doesn’t stop. Like Howard, he can be a horn dog at times but he’s also a guy who needs to be loved like Leonard.
Raj is more sensitive than the others and definitely the most romantic.
Shakti Arora has a sweet face with big, soulful eyes. A soft-spoken actor, he can definitely pull off Raj’s shy persona.
Karishma Tanna seems to be a natural fit to play Penny, the sane one among brilliant minds. The reality star has proven by her work in comedy that she can pull off being everything from dramatic and ditsy.
Bernadette should be played by none other than “Comedy Nights with Kapil” star Sumona Chakravarti.
Both are adorable, confident and smart women. Although Bernadette is a brilliant scientist who is “one of the nerds,” she’s not as socially awkward as the other characters. She is a social butterfly with a whole lot of game, a quality that Chakravarti will have no problem pulling off.
Also, Chakravarti’s work on “CNWK” is what leads me to believe she can handle the subtle comedy of Bernadette. It would be awesome to see what kind of chemistry comedians like Chakravarti and Sehgal would have as husband and wife.
Amy Farrah Fowler
Amy Farrah Fowler is one strange and awkward woman. She’s just as brilliant as Sheldon Cooper and just as socially inept as he is. Amy and Sheldon have this robotic quality about them and who better to play the robot girlfriend than Indian television’s robot bahu—Ridhima Pandit!
Pandit is a fabulous actress who pulls off the role of Rajni on “Bahu Hamari Rajnikanth” like no other. She’s funny without trying to be funny and her delivery of lines is mind blowing. Having played Rajni, playing Amy would be a piece of cake for Pandit!
This post was originally published on our partner website India.com and republished here with permission.