Comic book on Don: The Origin

New Delhi:  A graphic novel Don: The Origin narrating the genesis and story of Don and Don 2 starring Shah

Rukh Khan, is expected to draw new segments of younger audiences to reading at a time when cinema is pushing

books to the edge.

The novel, conceived and scripted by director Farhan Akhtar of Don (2006) and its sequel Don 2 which is

set to release Friday, has been published by Om Books.

The bilingual graphic books coinciding with the release of Don 2 — a dark crime thriller with Shah Rukh as the

anti-hero — was unveiled by the cast and crew of the movie in the capital this week.

“A lot of people like reading comics during short breaks and in their cars. This (Don: The Origin) is the first one in

a series of comics that will narrate the making of popular and new movies. We will extend the series,” Ajay Mago, the

publisher of Om Books, told IANS.

“The graphic books were Farhan’s idea and he approached us with it, followed by the Excel (Excel Entertainment) guys

later. We had earlier published Shah Rukh’s biography,” Mago said.

The publisher said he was in touch with various filmmakers for more “film-related graphic novel projects”.

The slim volume begins with the origin of Don in present-day Sicily. Don’s “mentor” tries to blow up his car – but Don

survives and returns to gun down his mentor… and don his boots. It is the beginning of Don’s journey into the heart of

the underworld.

For Farhan, who has loved comic books all his life, “it is a dream come true”.

“… To think that a character that I have loved so much has been made into a comic,” he said.

Mago said he was inspired to create the series by the comic books about the making of Mission: Impossible in the

US and on the movie Inception (in 2010).

As a prequel to the movie Inception, Warner Bros released a 35-page comic book, Inception: The Cobol

Job, about the movie by Jordan Goldberg.

“We had brought 60 copies of the Mission: Impossible book – an animation series about the day-to-day shoot of

the movie – and they were sold out in three days,” Mago said.

The Mission: Impossible graphic novel generated readers’ interest in India because of the movie Mission

Impossible 4 starring Tom Cruise which was released recently, the publisher of Om Books said.

In 1996, Paramount Comics, a former comic book imprint of Marvel Comics, bagged the rights to publish comic books

on Mission: Impossible and Star Trek. Paramount Comics published a prequel to the first Mission:

Impossible movie.

It was the second comic book version of the Mission: Impossible.

The first comic book series in five volumes based on the original American television series Mission: Impossible,

starring Peter Graves in the 1960s, was published by Dell Books.

A pitch made for a comic book on Sholay failed to take off this year while Satyajit Ray’s Feluda detective

novels – which were adapted into movies – were made into a series of graphic novels by Penguin India in the last two

years.

“In the US, the movie comic book is very common,” Mago said.

On the other hand, the list of movies inspired by popular comic book is long. They include iconic superheroes like

Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Dracula, X-Men and more recently, the animation movie, Tintin and the Secrets of

the Unicorn by Steven Spielberg

Bhandarkar had begun shooting with Ash, but the project was put on hold when the actress’ pregnancy was announced.

Later, several rumours about the replacement made their way. However, Kareena was zeroed in on as the final

choice.

The Heroine team is already shooting.

As for Priyanka, she is busy promoting her upcoming film Don 2: The King Is Back, in which she plays Roma or

Jungle billi. The film releases Friday.

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