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Leonardo Di Caprio as Rumi

The legendary Oscar winning Hollywood actor, Leonardo Di Caprio is being considered to be casted in the upcoming film, playing the role of great Sufi poet and mystic, Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi. This is a dream casting choice of screenwriter David Franzoni and producer Stephen Joel Brown. According to both of these creative people, Caprio is a perfect selection for Rumi and Shams Tabrizi, who was the spiritual mentor of Rumi, can be played by Robert Downey.

Since this casting announcement has been made, Rumi fans all over the world have been criticizing the fact that Rumi is an eastern character, which is now going to be played by a western actor. Since quite a while, Hollywood has been casting white actors for non-white roles, one such example is of a recent movie Gods of Egypt.

This movie is been planned due to the fact that the world needs to know more about the great mystic poet. However, according to most of the experts and critics, it would have been wise if any non-white or eastern actor would have been casted to play the role instead of Di Caprio of Downey. In order to share the views, fans all over the world tweeted with the hashtag #RumiWasntWhite. Though this cast decision is not finalized, nevertheless, it is still debatable that whether casting Di Caprio is a wise decision or not. It is also analyzed that whether any eastern actor would be able to play the role better than Leonardo or not. 

Afreen is a young writer and visionary towards life predominantly. I believe that writing is similar to life; it inspires surprises and creates. Being a Literature Masters, I am passionate about viewing the world with literary spectacle. Solely in love with this beautiful part of Universe called Pakistan, I am creating words and ideas for CharchaGuru.

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