Comic book series on Dara Singh to motivate Punjab youth

The heroic exploits of legendary Dara Singh, in the ring and outside, would soon come in a graphic avatar as a comic book series is set to be launched on the wrestling icon’s life.

Speaking to PTI over phone from Mumbai, graphic artist George Emmanual said Dara Singh was as an “institution” known across the globe for his achievements in wrestling as well as the film industry. “The motive behind the launch of the comic book series, particularly in Punjab, is related to the rising drug menace among youth. The comic books would motivate youth and children on how to exercise and give valuable tips to keep the body fit and fine,” Emmanual said.

Wrestler’s Vindoo Dara Singh may launch the comic series first in Punjab in November close to his father’s birth anniversary, he said.

‘Rustom-e-Hind’ Dara Singh was born on November 19, 1928, at Dharmuchak in Amritsar district. He died on July 12, 2012, in Mumbai.

Eye-catching sketches of the sturdy Dara Singh in the comic series will motivate children to workout, Emmanual said. Dara Singh defeated renowned and powerful competitors in the field of wrestling which put him in limelight worldwide, Emmanual said, adding all this would be a part of the narrative in these comics.

Asked about the idea behind the comic book series, Emmanual said: “I had an idea which was discussed with Vindoo Dara Singh who was happy to know that a comic series book could be introduced about the life of his late father.”

Indian youth need role models like Dara Singh, a pure Punjabi at heart, and it would help in keeping them away from drug addiction, he added. Dara Singh would be depicted as a superhero in the comics, Emmanual said.

“The work on illustration was on at war footing for the last nine months with high-end computer techniques. Free on-line access would also be provided,” Emmanual said.

Emmanual had earlier developed a graphic novel based on the life of Sikh warrior Hari Singh Nalwa.

First Published: Aug 31, 2018 10:58 IST

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