Pranali Rathod as Elena in The Vampire Diaries TVD Indian Remake: As a dedicated fan of the American supernatural series “The Vampire Diaries”, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of disappointment when the Indian remake, “Ishq Mai Ghayal,” recently premiered on Colors TV. While I was excited about the prospect of witnessing the beloved characters and their captivating stories adapted to an Indian setting, the casting choices and dialogue execution left much to be desired.
Pranali Rathod – Uncanny Resemblance to Elena
When I first saw Pranali Rathod, I couldn’t help but notice the striking resemblance between her and Nina Dobrev, the actress who portrayed Elena and Katherine in the original “Vampire Diaries” series. Pranali’s physical features, including her expressive eyes, graceful demeanor, and radiant smile, closely mirror those of Nina Dobrev. This uncanny resemblance would have undoubtedly enhanced the immersive experience for fans of the original series and brought a sense of familiarity to the Indian adaptation.
Beyond the physical resemblance, Pranali Rathod has demonstrated her versatility as an actress in all her projects. Especially, her portrayal of Naira and Kartik’s daughter showcased her ability to seamlessly transition between emotional scenes and light-hearted moments. Elena’s character in “Ishq Mai Ghayal” could have benefited from Pranali’s range and nuanced performance, allowing for a more authentic portrayal of the complex and layered character Elena Gilbert is known for.
It is disheartening to see the creators of “Ishq Mai Ghayal” not fully exploring the potential of the cast. Pranali Rathod’s casting as Elena would have been a natural fit, as her resemblance to Nina Dobrev is undeniable. The audience’s connection with the character would have been heightened, and her performance could have breathed new life into the Indian adaptation.
While we are discussing missed opportunities, it is worth mentioning another intriguing fan theory that emerged among “The Vampire Diaries” fans. Many believe that Jennifer Winget, renowned for her role as Maya in “Beyhadh,” would have been an ideal choice to portray Katherine in the Indian remake.
Jennifer’s ability to seamlessly transition between the captivating allure of Katherine and her hidden malicious intentions aligns with the essence of the character. Her strong screen presence and versatility would have added another layer of intrigue to the character, captivating both existing fans and newcomers to the series.
But would Jennifer have played Elena as perfectly as Katherine’s role? Who knows!