India’s first feminine comedian ebook superhero, Priya, is gearing as much as dive right into a brand-new riveting journey. The fourth version of India’s first pioneering comedian ebook sequence, ‘Priya’s Masks’ this time tackles the unprecedented world COVID-19 pandemic that has challenged everybody in India and all over the world. The comedian ebook and movie will likely be launched worldwide on December 2, 2020 on a number of platforms.
Launched as an augmented actuality comedian ebook, the installment is paired with an animated brief movie that includes the voices of feminist leaders from the U.S. and India, together with icon Vidya Balan, Rosanna Arquette, Mrunal Thakur, and Sairah Kabir.
Named a ‘gender equality champion’ by UN Ladies, the sequence was created by U.S.-based media home Rattapallax founder, documentary filmmaker, and technologist Ram Devineni. ‘Priya’s Masks’ is produced by Tanvi Gandhi, Indrani Ray, and Monika Samtani, written by Shubhra Prakash, with illustrations and animation by Syd Fini, Hamid Bahrami and Neda Kazemifar. The undertaking was funded by way of a grant from the North India Workplace (NIO) of U.S. Embassy New Delhi, in coordination with the Regional English Language Workplace (RELO), as a part of U.S.-India cooperation to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In an unprecedented and historic collaboration, the installment will current a debut alliance between two vastly profitable feminine comedian ebook superheroes from neighboring nations, with Priya collaborating with Pakistan’s feminine superhero, Burka Avenger of their combat in opposition to the lethal virus. “The virus doesn’t perceive or respect borders,” provides author Shubhra Prakash, “so this was a pure synergy between each cultural heroes.”
Voiced by Mrunal Thakur, Priya will likely be remodelled for the very first time, shedding away from her former salwar-kameez clad avatar and embracing a feisty teenage manner seen in younger ladies all over the world. Preserving the time-honoured custom, she will likely be escorted by the flying tiger, Sahas voiced by Vidya Balan. Set in opposition to the country backdrop of Jodhpur, the narrative weaves across the escapades of an 8-year-old Meena voiced by Sairah Kabir and her working mom who nurses COVID-19 contaminated sufferers and their cumulative sacrifices.
The India-born U.S.-based Ram Devineni, whose childhood reminiscences largely include studying Amar Chitra Katha comedian books, says, “It was necessary to grasp the emotional toll the pandemic and isolation has on younger individuals, and supply a message of hope within the comedian and movie.” Devineni provides that false info across the virus is creating an environment of concern and hypothesis amongst residents, making it more durable to give attention to the details to combat the pandemic.
Mrunal Thakur states, “As an avid comedian ebook lover, I resonated strongly with Priya’s superhero character and realised she is somebody I wish to deliver to life by way of the artistic medium. I’ve all the time aspired to be that superwoman who spreads consciousness round social points and it couldn’t be extra thrilling than to be part of an animation character who’s the voice of motive. Characters like Priya and Sahas are placing forth the message of how we’d like the world to turn out to be a extra inclusive place to stay in. I wish to inform youngsters of frontline employees that despite the fact that their mother and father aren’t sporting capes, they’re heroes in their very own methods. They too are saving lives and caring for the nation. That is the primary time I’m lending my voice to a personality particularly to a superhero. Infact my complete contribution was recorded over zoom name while I used to be taking pictures for Jersey in Dehradun. I actually want Priya grows from power to power right here on. She has the potential of being greater than a mere 92 second video and her voice wants to achieve each nook of the globe. Love Sonia helped me in my evolutionary journey as a human and as an actor because it allowed me to empathise extra strongly with the miseries of the female group. I realised I imbibed the ability to positively affect group pondering with my work and that will likely be a relentless endeavour for me.”
Vidya Balan states, “Clearly I’ve a factor for tigers! Jokes apart although what Priya stands for resonated with me at so many ranges and it’s the essence of Sahas that linked with me – her power, her empathy, her confidence. The animation aside from being a nod to caregivers globally which in itself is great and well timed and needed, carries a robust message of solidarity – so it was a straightforward sure for me and I am pleased to be a part of this glorious movie.”
Sairah Kabir states, “I jumped at this chance as I discovered nice advantage in being a part of it. Loads of youngsters my age will be capable of relate to this story since their mother and father are working around the clock and juggling between so many tasks. In occasions like these, roles get reversed and youngsters turn out to be pillars of power for his or her mother and father by encouraging them to proceed doing the praiseworthy work. On a sidenote, it was an pleasing expertise voicing a cartoon as I’ve by no means achieved that and it’s one factor ticked off my bucket listing.”
The U.S. Embassy’s North India Workplace mentioned, “This thrilling ebook is each the latest chapter within the Priya sequence and the newest instance of the USA and India working collectively to confront world well being challenges, drawing on the deep skills of each of our peoples.”
The pathbreaking comedian ebook sequence is on the market as a free obtain, and has been acknowledged by over 26 million individuals worldwide by way of a number of platforms, books, and exhibitions with over 500,000 downloads and 30,000 printed copies distributed.
Priya was launched to audiences in 2014, two years after the horrible gang-rape on a bus in New Delhi. The augmented actuality comedian ebook has over time dropped at consideration points like rape, acid-attacks, and sex-trafficking. The primary quantity launched in 2014, ‘Priya’s Shakti’ shattered social stigmas surrounding rape survivors and was funded by the Tribeca Movie Institute, Ms. Basis, and the Ford Basis. The success of the maiden version led to the discharge of the second quantity ‘Priya’s Mirror’ which premiered at New York Movie Competition in 2016, impressed by the story of Laxmi Agarwal it centered round acid assault survivors and was funded by the World Financial institution. The following third quantity ‘Priya and The Misplaced Ladies’ which premiered in 2019 make clear the problem of intercourse trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Basking within the distinctive legacy of being the one of many only a few comedian books particularly constructed to generate consciousness on social perils amongst the youth group, the sequence has unswervingly provided an empathetic narrative of illuminating attitudes in direction of gender-based violence, creating empathy and identification with survivors to allow them to pursue justice with out disgrace resulting in emancipation from disabling restrictions imposed by an unempathetic society.
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