The Raja of Alipura is Raj’s father and by birth he is a real Raja. He is powerful because he also has made it big in Indian politics. In the first part of “Double Happiness” we do not know too much about the Raja. I do not want to spoil the surprise but let me tell you that he is a very strict father and has high expectations of his son. Mainly, like most ambitious men, he wants his son to follow in his foot steps.
If the Raja would be played by a bollywood actor I’d vote for Amitabh Bachchan, one of my all-time fav’s. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VBlp-jaHGE
Uncle Samir Wardi is my mother’s first husband. He is connected to our family through matters of fate for the whole novel. Samir somehow cannot let go of my mother even though he knows she has fallen in love with Arjun and that there is no way back. He wants to have a career in politics in his home country but gets into a political conflict that follows him until the end of his life. Samir seems to be weak first but he has resilience in him and charisma that will help the world in the end. Without saying too much I also heard from trustworthy sources that Samir is a good father even though some of his children did not see much of him when they were younger.
I still like his accent when he speaks English but by now he is fluent in Urdu and Hindi so we hardly speak English anymore at our family gatherings. This could be a role for a big B’wood star like Aamir Khan. Tell him you want him to play this role here >> http://www.aamirkhan.com/index.php