Bollywood actresses Vidya Balan and Mrunal Thakur crew up with Hollywood star Rosanna Arquette, to provide voiceovers to an animated brief film based mostly on the Indian feminine comicbook superhero Priya. The fourth version of the comicbook sequence, titled “Priya’s Mask”, tackles the Covid-19 pandemic, and in addition options the voice of Sairah Kabir, daughter of filmmaker Kabir Khan.
“I have always aspired to be that superwoman who spreads awareness around social issues and it couldn’t be more exciting than to be a part of an animation character who is the voice of reason. I want to tell children of frontline workers that even though their parents aren’t wearing capes, they are heroes in their own ways. They too are saving lives and taking care of the nation,” mentioned Mrunal.
Her character will likely be escorted by the flying tiger Sahas, voiced by Vidya. Set in opposition to 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, apart from being a nod to caregivers globally, which in itself is wonderful and timely and necessary, carries a strong message of solidarity — so it was an easy ‘yes’ for me ‘.”
Sairah added: “A lot of kids my age will be able to relate to this story since their parents are working round the clock and juggling between so many responsibilities. In times like these, roles get reversed and children become pillars of strength for their parents by encouraging them to continue doing the praiseworthy work. It was an enjoyable experience voicing a cartoon as I have never done that and it is one thing ticked off my bucket list,” she mentioned.
The sequence was created by US-based media home Rattapallax founder, documentary filmmaker and technologist Ram Devineni.
“It was important to understand the emotional toll the pandemic and isolation has on young people, and provide a message of hope in the comic and film,” mentioned Devineni.
“Priya’s Mask” is written by Shubhra Prakash, and has illustrations and animation by Syd Fini, Hamid Bahrami and Neda Kazemifar. The challenge was funded by way of a grant from the North India Office of US Embassy, New Delhi, in coordination with the Regional English Language Office, 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, in their struggle in opposition to the lethal virus.
“The virus does not understand or respect borders, so this was a natural synergy between both 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 first quantity launched in 2014, “Priya’s Shakti” had tried to shatter social stigmas surrounding rape survivors.
The comicbook and film will likely be launched worldwide on December 2 on a number of platforms.