Mumbai (Jan. 7, 2014) — Graphic India and Sholay Media and Entertainment announced today that for the first time, fans of the epic film “Sholay” will now get to experience a new graphic novel interpretation of the secret history of one of Indian cinemas most legendary pop-culture icon’s – Gabbar Singh.
Experience the comic book story that imagines the legend of Bollywood’s greatest cinematic villain, the infamous bandit, Gabbar Singh who has captivated audiences for over 30 years! Journey to his past and witness the never before seen tragic and twisted story of revenge and redemption that turned an ordinary boy into India’s most famous and feared villain!
The new graphic novel, entitled, “Gabbar,” will be on sale in January across all major bookstores in India through Graphic’s Indian publishing partner, Westland Tata. In addition to the book, a motion comic episodic series of the same story will be released in English and Hindi exclusively across mobile devices.
Also included in the GABBAR graphic novel are a series of “Sholay Shorts,” featuring all-new, original short stories based on fan-favorite characters from the movie including “Thakur Baldev Singh”, “Soorma Bhopali”, “Sambha”, and more done in different artistic styles from leading Indian creators across the country! Graphic India recruited leading Indian artists and writers for the comics including, Saurav Mohapatra, Jeevan J. Kang, Edison George, Saumin Patel, Ashwin Pande and many more.
Commenting on the partnership, Sascha Sippy, Chairman of Sholay Media and Entertainment said, “Gabbar Singh is without a doubt India’s most remembered cinematic character. The plans for Sholay moving forward in this space are immense! Our partnership with Graphic India has allowed some of India’s leading artists and writers the chance to reimagine the origins and characters of Sholay in new and exciting ways for comic books.
“India’s greatest and most frequently quoted villain, Gabbar Singh, will finally have his own comic book,” added, Sharad Devarajan, Co-Founder and CEO of Graphic India. “Sholay is known and beloved by potentially hundreds of millions of people across the country and remains the quintessential film to define Bollywood cinema. We are thrilled to be working with Sholay Media and Entertainment to take these iconic characters into exciting new stories through comics and digital shorts for the first time.”
In addition to Gabbar, Graphic India is also releasing, “Sholay: The Graphic Novel,” which is the official graphic novel adaptation of the original film retelling the epic story and a must have collectible book for every Sholay fan. Relive the classic story of Thakur’s quest for revenge against the bloodthirsty and maniacal daaku, Gabbar Singh, and the bond of friendship between Jai and Veeru who have captured the hearts and minds of an entire nation. Discover why SHOLAY remains a beloved and treasured cinematic masterpiece.
Graphic India is a character entertainment company focused on creating leading characters, comics and stories through mobile and digital platforms. Founded by media entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman, Graphic India is owned by U.S. comic book Company, Liquid Comics and CA Media LP, the Asian investment arm of The Chernin Group. The company’s partners and investors bring together decades of experience in building businesses in character entertainment, media and India.
Graphic believes that India is home to some of the most creative talent in the world, with more than 500 million people under the age of 25 and more than 850 million mobile phone users in the country. The Company’s mission is to create enduring stories and heroes that foster the imaginations and fuel the inspirations of a new globalized generation of youth in both India and around the world.
Graphic’s stories include, Ramayan 3392A.D., The Leaves and The Sadhu, all currently in development as Hollywood feature films; 18 Days, a reimagining of the great eastern epic, the Mahabharata, by acclaimed graphic novel creator, Grant Morrison which was launched as an animated digital series in partnership with YouTube India; Devi, a female superhero from acclaimed filmmaker, Shekhar Kapur; Chakra The Invincible, the first superhero for India from legendary creator Stan Lee; and numerous other heroes and stories. www.GraphicIndia.com