'Tere Bin Laden' director turns comic book writer

Director Abhishek Sharma, who helmed critically acclaimed "Tere Bin Laden", has turned author with his first graphic novel "Munkeeman".

The graphic novel is said to be inspired by 'Monkey Man', a half-monkey, half-human creature, which allegedly attacked and petrified people in Delhi in 2001. This was also used as a subplot in Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film "Delhi 6".

"It is not just an ordinary comic. It is a tale of a monster who thinks that he's a superhero. It is a tragedy of a brother who loves his stepsister. It is an experiment of a scientist that has gone horribly wrong. It is after all a comic with a decent dose of sex and violence," Abhishek said in a statement.

"Why Munkeeman? That's the question every person who remembers the mass hysteria of 2001 is going to ask. Well, my answer is simple - he has been ignored for a very long time and before he comes back to draw some more attention to himself, let's give him his due. This is his story in his own words. He wanted someone like me to make a movie on him but for now this is the best I could do," he added.

The book will be unveiled at the second annual Indian Comic Con that will be held Feb 17-19 in Dilli Haat.

"In this 'dark humour' laden narrative, Abhishek Sharma has tried to tell an interesting story of a 'monster', who believes that he is a 'Superhero'! The idea is to create India's first 'dark superhero' through a series of graphic novels and comics targeting teenagers and adults," said Jatin Varma, founder, Comic Con India and Pop Culture Publishing.

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