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Monday, February 17, 2014

SHOLAY : Short stories for the Graphic Novel

SHOLAY has a very special place in history of hindi film history. A film full of well crafted and well played characters. The producers of this film recently released a Theatrical 3D version with remastered sound and added effects. Along with the release of the film the producers also wanted to create original graphic novel based on the property. Graphic India was developing two graphic novels for this project. Out of these two, one was a collection of short stories where we get a glimpse into stories of many secondary characters of the film. Writer Saurav Mohapatra (Mumbai Macguffin, Mumbai Confidential) crafted a bunch of great stories for this collection. I was given opportunity to interpret 3 of these stories. Each with a different lead characters and very different themes. First one was a fun incident during a celebration in ramgarh, Second was a story by Soorma bhopali and third was a story of the dancer from song Mehbooba. Since all three stories had a very different mood, i decided to work in different styles. Also it was suppose to be a bit of an experiment as well. In the beginning i did a bit of character explorations for each of these stories. Here i am sharing few of those character explorations as well as final coloured pages with you. The art was Pencilled, Inked and coloured by me.

The book is available for purchase here:

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