In case you missed it, Anupam Sinha (Creator of Super Commando Dhruva) had a great AMA on reddit yesterday, answering questions from fans. We’ve gathered some of our favorite answers below; to read the full AMA, Click Here: http://ow.ly/TSn4300tMZp
For the uninitiated “AMA” stands for “ask me anything,” and it’s a chance for celebrities (whether stars of screen, captains of industry, or leading scientists) to converse with the increasingly large reddit community.
There were a lot of interesting discussions happened during Anupam Sinha’s reddit AMA. Here are some of our favorite ones.
Do you feel Bollywood might someday pick up the comic book scene in India and make it a thousand crore business like Marvel and DC are doing right now?
The day they realize that Specialists and experts should do their job. Every person in Bollywood is creative and this feeling is yet to sink in.
There are almost no decent tv shows in hindi and there is a trend for web series now. Would you like your comics be adapted to a web/tv series like motu patlu? since almost no child reads those comics now(thanks to ipad and internet).
Every thing has a cycle. Comics have a very solid ground. it is AV ruling right now, but things can change fast. Yes, we’d like to have web series too. Trying for TV serials too. But far as I heard, negotiations are tough and take lot of time.
Who inspired or Which Incident inspired in creating Super Commando Dhruv and Nagraj characters.
A thought that we are not good enough to create fantasy. I did not like living just off my huge crushes Phantom , Mandrake and Flash Gordon alone ! Wanted a thing of our own !
What is the greatest lessons life has taught you and what life lessons would you pass onto someone in their early 20s?
There are no demigods in this world, you can’t compete with! But leave attitude and overconfidence behind. Self praise, from others too, is a stone tied to legs!
Comics in India are considered a ‘children’ thing. Unfortunately, the sight of a married Indian male/female reading a comics, and that too in Hindi is frowned upon. How do you see the Indian comics scene targeting a wider audience & breaking this misconception? I was a big fan of Dhruv & Nagaraj, until I drifted away due to these so called ‘pressures’.
I think most of our current readers are 25+. Also the artwork is now more compact and suited to please even grown up minds. Some of our action scenes can put even Hollywood to shame. Try it out. Comics now cater to a much wider range of readers.
What do you remember from your early days when you were working in Kanpur with Deewana Tej? Also, do you remember Tauji and Jadu ka danda?
Yes, every block, every panel, the scent of Ink with hot lamp and late nights ! Vividly and passionately. Writing the script, doing calligraphy, penciling, inking, taking out photocopies, coloring that with photo-colors. One man doing all !! To get one comic out to readers !!
How do you see the future of hindi comics in current time where everyone feels cool about talking Batman/Spider-Man but feels shy to admit their love for indian comics characters like SCD, Nagraj.
We’d talk in the same language, Movies!! and soon, this mental bar will disappear too!
What’s your opinion on Chota Bheem?
Very popular. Fit for Indian kids. It is cartoon character so lil different from what I do.
I’ve been reading your comics for the last 15 years. Everything’s original and wonderful but when it comes to Dhruv’s origin (circus, parents, and looks), it’s directly inspired from Robin from Batman comics. Why is that so? That’s the only thing which I don’t like about him.
Totally untrue. Dhruv is not a sidekick, he is a family man and he never dons a secret Identity. Circus was taken as BG, because I thought that was the place where many skill exist concurrently. Robin can never be a Dhruv.
I’m a fan of your books and characters even though I haven’t read a lot of them, and a lot of my knowledge about them comes from Wikipedia and the few comics I’ve read in english. I admire the fact that you’re characters are all original and well-written. Would you be okay with your comics adapted to a cartoon series, given the current state of Indian animation industry? I’m of the opinion that Raj Comics has an incompetent marketing team. I never once heard the name ‘Raj Comics’ in the first 17 years of my life, and it is nowhere near Marvel or DC in terms of popularity. What is your opinion on this matter? Why did you choose to publish your comics in Hindi? Publishing in English and Hindi simultaneously would have probably given you a larger readership, and it would help fans like me whose hindi-reading skills aren’t the best.
There could be some shortcomings as our Comic are primarily in Hindi. So it gets restricted to hindi belt. Also, I’ve seen reluctancy on part of Mags and papers, as if if they write about us, they’d be advertising. So they go for, neutral content, i.e. western heroes. Our endeavour has always been to create a Superhero universe in India and that could be done only through Hindi. And we succeeded, yes!
What advice would you give to our budding artists here?
Money is important, don’t ignore, but remember, dreams are not traded. Have confidence and doubt in you at the same time!!
Japan has an awesome manga (comics) market. when could this translate to indian scene. you see they launched anime just to get more traction. sir, your stories are awesome , inspirational, imfactful. is there any way a kickstarter campaign , indiegogo campaign can work for organising an anime arc to get the comics out there? i will happily contribute for something like that as would a lot others if we get the word out.
Kickstarter idea is picking pace. Will certainly give it a thought sometime.