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Tovino Thomas-Basil Joseph’s Minnal Murali turned into graphic novel by Rana Daggubati and Tinkle Comics

en Bollywood News Tovino Thomas-Basil Joseph’s Minnal Murali turned into graphic novel by Rana Daggubati and Tinkle Comics

Released in 2021, the film tells the story of an ordinary tailor in Kerala, India, who gains superpowers after being struck by lightning.

Fans of the hit Malayalam superhero film Minnal Murali can rejoice! The character, played by Tovino Thomas, is getting a new lease of life in the world of graphic novels. Announced at the Mumbai Comic-Con 2024, a collaboration between Rana Daggubati's Spirit Media and Tinkle Comics will bring Minnal Murali to the pages of a graphic novel.

Tovino Thomas-Basil Joseph’s Minnal Murali turned into graphic novel by Rana Daggubati and Tinkle Comics

Tovino Thomas-Basil Joseph’s Minnal Murali turned into graphic novel by Rana Daggubati and Tinkle Comics

Minnal Murali, released in 2021, tells the story of an ordinary tailor in Kerala, India, who gains superpowers after being struck by lightning (with "minnal" meaning lightning in Malayalam). This tailor, played by Tovino Thomas in the film, isn't the only one touched by the electrical surge. A social outcast is also struck, and their newfound abilities take them on divergent paths – one towards heroism, the other towards villainy.

The film, directed by Basil Joseph and produced by Sophia Paul's Weekend Blockbusters, was a major success, finding a home on Netflix and becoming one of the platform's most popular offerings. The graphic novel promises to be more than just a retelling of the film's story. Readers can expect a deeper dive into Minnal Murali's origins alongside a brand new adventure that expands the superhero's world.

According to Variety, Rana Daggubati said, “The debut of Tinkle’s graphic novel Minnal Murali at Mumbai Comic-Con marks a significant milestone for reaffirming the love for Indian superheroes and comics, furthermore, resonating with the unmet need of Indian comic lovers in the digital age. It is a moment of great pride and excitement to continue the universe of this much-loved contemporary Indian superhero and bring him to life from the screen to a comic.”

Sophia Paul added, “Seeing our beloved characters and captivating storylines come to life on the vibrant pages is a testament to the enduring impact of our film, inspiring fans to embark on new adventures within this rich and dynamic universe.”

Preeti Vyas, President and CEO of Amar Chitra Katha and Tinkle, said, “Books are often converted to films, but this project is a great example of how a popular film franchise has been taken into the pages of a book, with a brand-new story based on the characters of the super successful movie, Minnal Murali in a graphic novel format. We are very excited about exploring other such transmedia opportunities for Tinkle Comics Studio.”

Gayathri Chandrasekaran, editor-in-chief of Tinkle Comics, added, “‘Minnal Murali has captivated the nation’s imagination, and we’re excited to bring a brand-new ‘Minnal Murali’ story to life in this dynamic new format. This graphic novel is just the beginning of Tinkle’s foray into new storytelling mediums, and we’re committed to delivering even more exciting content in the future.”

This isn't the first foray into comics for Spirit Media. At the San Diego Comic-Con 2023, they unveiled various projects encompassing film, television, and of course, comics. This collaboration with Tinkle Comics marks a significant moment for Tinkle, known for being the publishing arm of India's longest-running comic book brand, Amar Chitra Katha. Tinkle has established a strong reputation for its homegrown characters like Suppandi and Shikari Shambu, but Minnal Murali represents their first venture into the graphic novel format.

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