Last week, I read a post at Shekhar Kapur's blog about a scene in the film Mr.India - the cockroach scene. Shekhar Kapur explains here how this scene was shot, why it was difficult for Baba Azmi to get the shot right. It was a fascinating story to read and I thought, many of us would have watched Mr.India, but wouldn't it be nice to bring back memories of this fantastic film like my memory was refreshed? In comic style? :-)
Old timers at TCP would recall that a similar post had come up - the "Chandni O Meri Chandni" post from December 2005. (Newcomers - please take a peek at that it if you can). It was a depiction of the Bollywood hit "Chandni" from Chandni's perspective in 16 pictures of Sridevi and it got several interesting reactions. Having seen magazines in the 90s that had pictorials of films, I figured it would be fun to post more on the same lines. But I never went through it.
The intention of giving Mr.India the "TCP treatment" sounded OK and even easy, but Mr.India would need more than 12 pictures to tell the story and I realised that it will be a "little" bigger than the Chandni post. Within the first hour, it was clear that this wasn't going to be a "little" bigger. I had completely underestimated the scope, the effort and the skills required. Without any storytelling or script writing knowledge, there was no way to go further. I considered postponing this to another day and scan a comic instead, but by now I was too curious to see how this was going to turn out.
And the result is a representation of one of the best films made in Bollywood in the 80s - Mr.India - in comic style. You can call this a comic remake as we seem to have run out of scripts in Bollywood.
Part 1 of Mr.India - The Comic Book, is now ready for publishing. It has 20 pages and part 2 will be posted in 2-3 days with another 20 or so pages. I have tried to best interpret the scenes as I saw them, edited some stuff out (Sridevi's adorable Charlie Chaplin impersonation), removed the context of some scenes to speed things up and used dialogues wherever it made sense.
Hope you enjoy this TCP Original - my attempt to recreate Mr.India in comic style. And do let me know what you think - your comments are extremely important.
Cast & Credits for Mr.India:
Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amrish Puri, Satish Kaushik, Ashok Kumar, Sharat Saxena and others
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Produced by: Boney Kapoor
Story by: Salim - Javed
Cinematography by: Baba Azmi
Music by: Laxmikant - Pyarelal
Lyrics by: Javed Akhtar
Songs by: Kishore Kumar, Kavita Krishnamurti, Alisha Chinai, Anuradha Paudwal, Shabbir Kumar
P.S: 2nd part will be up this week.
P.S: Comic World is up to comic #99. Please cheer him on as he reaches a major milestone - Comic # 100.