Bollywood actresses Vidya Balan and Mrunal Thakur group up with Hollywood star Rosanna Arquette, to provide voiceovers to an animated quick movie primarily based on the Indian feminine comicbook superhero Priya. The fourth version of the comicbook collection, titled “Priya’s Masks”, tackles the Covid-19 pandemic, and likewise options the voice of Sairah Kabir, daughter of filmmaker Kabir Khan.
“I’ve at all times aspired to be that superwoman who spreads consciousness round social points and it could not be extra thrilling than to be part of an animation character who’s the voice of motive. I need to inform youngsters of frontline employees that regardless that their mother and father aren’t carrying capes, they’re heroes in their very own methods. They too are saving lives and caring for the nation,” mentioned Mrunal.
Her character will likely be escorted by the flying tiger Sahas, voiced by Vidya. Set towards the backdrop of Jodhpur, the story additionally options the eight-year-old Meena, voiced by Sairah, and her working mom who nurses Covid-19 contaminated sufferers.
Vidya mentioned: “The animation, aside from being a nod to caregivers globally, which in itself is fantastic and well timed and essential, carries a robust message of solidarity — so it was a straightforward ‘sure’ for me ‘.”
Sairah added: “Plenty of children 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 duties. In occasions like these, roles get reversed and kids grow to be pillars of power for his or her mother and father by encouraging them to proceed doing the praiseworthy work. It was an gratifying expertise voicing a cartoon as I’ve by no means completed that and it’s one factor ticked off my bucket record,” she mentioned.
The collection was created by US-based media home Rattapallax founder, documentary filmmaker and technologist Ram Devineni.
“It was vital to grasp the emotional toll the pandemic and isolation has on younger individuals, and supply a message of hope within the comedian and movie,” mentioned Devineni.
“Priya’s Masks” is written by Shubhra Prakash, and has illustrations and animation by Syd Fini, Hamid Bahrami and Neda Kazemifar. The challenge was funded by means of a grant from the North India Workplace of US Embassy, New Delhi, in coordination with the Regional English Language Workplace, as a part of US-India cooperation to fight the pandemic.
The installment will current a debut alliance between two feminine comicbook superheroes from neighboring international locations, with Priya collaborating with the Pakistani feminine superhero, Burka Avenger, of their combat towards the lethal virus.
“The virus doesn’t perceive or respect borders, so this was a pure synergy between each cultural heroes,” mentioned Shubhra Prakash.
Priya was launched to audiences in 2014, two years after the Nirbhaya gangrape on a bus in New Delhi.
The primary quantity launched in 2014, “Priya’s Shakti” had tried to shatter social stigmas surrounding rape survivors.
The comicbook and movie will likely be launched worldwide on December 2 on a number of platforms.