There was a time when every family member in any middle-class family used to wait for the next Nagraj, Commando Dhruva or Doga comic. In fact, instead of winning over the world, Nagraj lost ground at home, too. This, he says, is due to a decline in comic culture caused by the advent of satellite TV, internet, video games and other mediums of entertainment for children. To recover lost ground, the surviving Indian comic book houses are trying to leverage their content on diverse platforms like mobile phones, internet, home video and television.
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There was a time when every family member in any middle-class family used to wait for the next Nagraj, Commando Dhruva or Doga comic. In fact, instead of winning over the world, Nagraj lost ground at home, too.
This, he says, is due to a decline in comic culture caused by the advent of satellite TV, internet, video games and other mediums of entertainment for children.
To recover lost ground, the surviving Indian comic book houses are trying to leverage their content on diverse platforms like mobile phones, internet, home video and television. Raj Comics has tied up with a mobile service provider. It is also producing motion comics. Diamond Comics is planning a TV channel, slated to go on air this year, that will have shows based on some of its popular characters in animated versions, including Chacha Chaudhary.
Besides, these comic book houses are tying up with Bollywood. Gupta is in talks with filmmaker Anurag Kashyap to make a film on Doga, the dog-masked popular superhero from Raj Comics. Diamond Comics plans to come up with a range of merchandise based on its characters. Besides, Indian comic book houses are adapting contemporary events for stories.
Also, instead of newsprint, Raj comics now publishes comics on thick, glossy paper, with lots of digital effects. Besides, Gupta has already planned a major makeover for Nagraj —who, he believes can still be global comic superhero—like Superman. Manoj Sharma None. Thank you for subscribing to our daily newsletter. No new schemes for a year, says finance ministry amid rising Covid cases. Maruti commissions 5 megawatt solar plant in Gurugram. Chintu Ka Birthday review: Vinay Pathak film will touch your heart.
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Of Doga in the dusty season, and hoping to find Chacha Chaudhary again
New Delhi: There are hundreds of successful Hollywood films made on comic books. Films based on English Marvel Comic characters and DC Comic characters have been the biggest box office blockbusters in recent film history. It would not be an exaggeration to say that half of the successful Hollywood films are inspired by comic books. Even Indian audience who never heard about Marvel Comics or DC Comics can tell you hundreds of their character names only because of these films. But what is the reason why we haven't seen these characters on big screen.
Mumbai's oldest superhero Doga gets his first film
The character first appeared in the issue Curfew. His first name is revealed as Suraj, although his surname has yet to be specified. Deeply affected by his past and the cruelty on his life, circumstances resulted in an orphaned young Suraj to build up a life-long hatred against the twisted crime system. To end the pain and guilt he suffered since childhood and avenge the deaths of his close ones, Suraj concealed his identity behind a dog mask, adopted the alter-ego of a ruthless and feared vigilante named "Doga" and set out to cleanse his city of crime and corruption, starting by massacring a local street-gang. Deeply disturbed and traumatised since childhood, Doga is a cynical and brutish, yet idealistic vigilante who believes in "uprooting the problem rather than solving it", and does not believe in upholding the laws and rules of the world since he considers the whole system corrupt and twisted.
Why Nagraj, Dhruva, Doga aren't finding space on big screen? (view pics)
A still from the film. A cop gets kidnapped and rues that no one is safe in Mumbai, not even the city's rakhwala. His oppressor, a criminal, says that in this city, crime is the true rakhwala. Is this then Mumbai's fate? To the city's rescue comes Doga. A name inspired by the word "dog", an animal that is both loyal and watchful. A comic strip introduced in , by Delhi-based Sanjay Gupta and Tarun Kumar — Raj Comics publishes other well-known titles like Nagraj, Parmanu and Shakti — Doga is the story of a superhero crime fighter in the Gotham that is Mumbai.
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