The much-awaited final season of Game of Thrones is now hours away. Before things get bloody (and) serious, how about a little bit of fun and fantasy? Wearing my filmmaker hat for this piece, I draw up a dream cast of a Bollywood remake of the blockbuster HBO show. We are only looking at characters who are still alive as the eighth season is about to begin. Here we go…
Jon Snow: Ranveer Singh
Ranveer has always shone in roles where he talks less and feels more. (Proof: Lootera and Gully Boy) And we’ve already seen him wearing those huge furry costumes in one of his photoshoots. He looks perfect!
Daenerys Targaryen: Deepika Padukone
She is a fierce warrior queen now and no longer an unsure girl trying to be a woman. And who better than Deepika to portray the pride and valour with aplomb? Trust me, the Deepika-Ranveer chemistry was an afterthought.
Cersei Lannister: Tabu
This is a no-brainer really. “The most murderous woman ever” can only be played by the coolest cat on this side of the Arabian Sea. Remember her Lady Macbeth act in Maqbool? Uff, bring it on.
Jaime Lannister: Irrfan Khan
Taking a cue from their Maqbool chemistry, Irrfan would be the perfect incestuous Lannister brother. Plus there is an air of nonchalance about Jaime, which is right up Irrfan’s alley.
Tyrion Lannister: Kamal Haasan
Best actor for the role? Tick. Experience to play a little person? Tick. USP of the show? Tick.
Arya Stark: Alia Bhatt
Despite all the crazy training that has hardened her, there’s still a girl peeping out of Arya all the time. Something which we’ve also spotted in many of Alia’s screen personas. Match made in Braavos!
Sansa Stark: Sonam Kapoor
Might not be the obvious choice, but the character of a high-born beauty who even in her most dire moments is all grace and dignity kind of calls out for Sonam.
Brandon Stark: Vicky Kaushal
This is out of pure anticipation that Bran will do more than sit on a chair and spell out his prophecies and memories in slow motion in the final season. Vicky still has that boyish charm about him amongst the current crop of young leading men.
Brienne of Tarth: Sonakshi Sinha
If you’ve seen Akira, you’d know Sonakshi loves her action. And she’s got the build and gravitas to get into the heavy armour of Lady Brienne.
Samwell Tarly: Varun Dhawan
He might need to put on quite a few pounds (not to match John Bradley but the original description in the books) but Varun can project that bumbling quality effectively. Also, as the BFFS Jon and Sam, a Ranveer-Varun combo would be killer.
Varys: Paresh Rawal
The all-knowing Vidur of the piece, there’s an uneasy calm to Varys, which is something Paresh Rawal thrives on, character after character.
Davos Seaworth: Naseeruddin Shah
To play the onion trader who still can trick his way through things, you need a sharp old man with a knack for delivering killer one-liners. Yes, Naseer saab’s the man for the job.
Jorah Mormont: Manoj Bajpayee
There is a lot of inherent pain in Jorah’s eternal love for Daenerys. Trust an actor of the calibre of Bajpayee to bring it out with heart-wrenching consequences.
Night King: Amitabh Bachchan
Our casting coup! Just to see the legend sitting on top of that horse as the greatest villain of all time is such a great feeling. Let the winter come in…