Producing graphic novels from hit movie titles is an emerging trend for the Indian industry.
Posted on Jan 08, 2014 at 06:05 pm IST
Not too many takers? Well, the release of the much-anticipated film 'Sholay 3D' hasn't opened with a bang! The 3D version of Bollywood cult classic 'Sholay', which hit the big screen on January 3, has earned Rs 3.75 cr crore on the first two days. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about the film's box office collection on the first two days. "Sholay3D Fri 1.50 cr, Sat 2.25 cr. Total: 3.75 cr nett. India biz only," his tweet reads.
As producer Sascha Sippy had said in one of his recent interviews, 'Sholay 3D' has been made on a budget of approximately Rs 20 crore, which also includes restoration and conversion.
Sascha is the grandson of late filmmaker G.P. Sippy, who had originally produced Amitabh Bachchan-Dharmendra starrer 'Sholay', directed by his son Ramesh Sippy.
Epic film Sholay is all set for a graphic novel interpretation of most legendary villain witnessed in cinema history -- Gabbar Singh.
The comic called Gabbar is expected to hit the stands this month 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 are original short stories based on famous characters from the movie including Thakur Baldev Singh ( Sanjeev Kumar), Soorma Bhopali (Jagdeep) and Sambha (Mac Mohan).
Sasha Sippy, Chairman of Sholay Media and Entertainment said,"Gabbar Singh is 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 imagine the origins and characters of Sholay in new and exciting ways for comic books."
Sharad Devarajan, Co-Founder and CEO of Graphic India, said, "Sholay remains the quintessential film to define Bollywood cinema. We are thrilled to be working with Sasha Sippy and take these iconic characters into exciting new stories through comics and digital shorts."
The makers also plan to release Sholay: The Graphic Novel retelling the story in the form of a collectible book.