Kashyap and Doga

The Mumbai Mirror suggests that Anurag Kashyap is planning to make a film based on the Raj Comics superhero Doga. It would then probably be the first major film based on an Indian comic book character.

Doga is a complex and ultra-violent Punisher-like character and the franchise is about 15-17 years old, and its been ten years since I read any of his books. But I just had to dig the first issue out of my hoard. So, these are the first few lines of his first comic, Curfew

Woh samasyaon ka ‘hal’ nahin karta, unhe ‘jad’ se ukhadta hai!!

In aankhon ne dekha hai insaan aur insaaniyat ka vibhats roop. Ghrina aur darindigi ka nanga naach! Kutton ki tarah noche jaate insaanon ke jism.

Aur ab kaanoon todkar main karoonga kaanoon ki hifaazat. Banaunga khood apna kaanoon. Jo andha nahin hoga. Jo andha nahin hoga.

Dard ka aisa toofan tha uske seene me, jo jwalamukhi bankar foota.

Something to look forward to, if it ever gets made.

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  • LightonSun  On August 15, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    watched No Smoking(my third time) a couple of days back…got bored and i think i got it…its superficial…i take back my earlier comments on it…..

  • Kalidas  On March 1, 2009 at 8:20 am

    First link doesn’t work sir..

    • Aristotle The Geek  On March 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks for the tip. Have fixed it now. In fact, have fixed all Mumbai Mirror links on my blog.

      This is one of the things I warned about in my post – here – “Link rot”.

  • yet_another_hindu_infidel  On March 1, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    im yet to witness a perpetual positive change in “indian cinema”. at first, rgv seemed to be the man of change with his releases like “rangeela”, “satya”, “kaun” but after that it was a complete drag.

    the only movie i’ve seen of anurag was “black friday”. i’ll see “no smoking” if someone gives me the disc. as you can see i’m not excited. even if anurag does a rgv, i won’t be there to see it.

    • Aristotle The Geek  On March 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

      Have you seen Sudhir Mishra’s works, or Sriram Raghavan, or – I can’t remember the director of the film – Manorama: Six Feet under? Some good work is being done. Hopefully things will improve in the future.

      As for Kashyap, No Smoking is a good film, but the surrealism makes me uncomfortable. Not everyone will like it, And Doga, simply wait and watch. If Kashyap stays true to the original story, this will be “the” Indian superhero film – its dark with a capital D.

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