Phantom Films has partnered up with Graphic India and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment to begin pre-production on “Chakra: The Invincible”, a live-action film version of Stan Lee’s first Indian superhero which will be directed by Vikramaditya Motwane.
Co-created by Graphic India’s co-founders Sharad Devaranjan and Gotham Chopra, the story revolves around Raju Rai, a teenage boy from Mumbai, who becomes the superhero, Chakra. He dons a techno-suit developed by his scientist mentor Dr. Singh which allows him to access all his body’s chakras. Raju then uses this suit to battle super-villains and vows to protect the city from their evil plans.
Earlier in 2013, a 65 minute animated film based on Chakra premiered on Cartoon Network India. However, unlike the animated series in which he was aged 14, the film adaptation will feature an older version of the character in his 20s.
“I’m a fan of Bollywood films and am really excited about launching Chakra the Invincible as my first Bollywood superhero movie,” Lee said. “Vikramaditya is an amazingly talented filmmaker who I have no doubt can make the Chakra film a massive hit in India and around the world. I only hope he remembers to include my cameo!”
Vikramaditya Motwane, currently working on the “Chakra” screenplay with Lee and Graphic India co-founder and CEO, Sharad Devarajan, is equally excited to bring a Stan Lee character to life. Motwane added that he’s honored and delighted to be making a film based on a character co-created by Stan Lee. “We are very excited and we hope to take comic book film making to the next level with Chakra. And no, we won’t forget Stan’s cameo”, he added.
Graphic India, which has a big design studio in Bangalore, was started by media entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman in 2013. Highlighting that, “Stan Lee’s characters have generated $15 billion at the global box office” Devarajan observed that “more people likely know the face of Spider-Man than they do the Mona Lisa.”
Phantom films, the production company owned by Anurag Kashyap, Madhu Mantena, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl, has previously acquired the rights of the Raj Comics superhero Doga from its publishers as well, with Anurag Kashyap set to direct the movie.
Hollywood has tasted great success with comic book adaptations like ‘Avengers’ and ‘The Dark Knight’. It looks like Bollywood will soon follow suit with these comic superhero adaptations. And with Phantom Films, known for producing versatile and quality content, the future of Indian comics’ cineverse looks bright and in good hands.