The pre-teenage lot enjoyed the film, particularly the chase and escape sequences; and Genie's fast talking style. Older children thought Genie was trying too hard to be cool, and found Ali fumbling at trying to impress Jasmine the funniest part of the movie.
Aladdin is a street rat in the fictional Arab kingdom of Agrabah, who gets his hands on a magic lamp. He also meets and falls in love with Sultan’s daughter Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott), who has her own problems.
Naomi Scott is of South Asian descent and has appeared in movies like The Martian and Power Ranger. She describes her reinvented Jasmine as an opinionated princess who wants to mingle with the common people.
Shruti Sharma, director of the musical Aladdin, on the story’s everlasting appeal, the timelessness of the genie and why musicals are the future. An adaptation of the original Disney version, Aladdin has many tweaks that give it an Indian flavour.
When indianexpress.com spoke to sources at the Disney Studios, they refuted the news. The source said, "This is completely false news. The particular actor (Siddharth Gupta) is not selected as Aladdin, and the search for an actor to play that part is still under process."