Mumbai: In a groundbreaking collaboration, Pratilipi, India’s leading digital storytelling platform that publishes stories in 12 Indian languages and has over 23 million monthly active readers, has partnered with T-Series, India's leading film and music production company, to bring forth unique movie to comic book adaptations.
Bhushan Kumar’s Yaariyan 2, the sequel to the Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy-drama film Yaariyan (2014), is scheduled to release on 20 October 2023. This sequel has been brought to life in a comic format by Pratilipi Comics.
The Yaariyan 2 comics is the story of three cousins—Shikhar, Ladli, and Bajrang—who reunite in Mumbai to chase their dreams and explore life's adventures. The comic series will depict the bubbly versions of the power-packed star cast featuring Divya Khosla Kumar, Yash Dasgupta, Meezaan Jafri, Warina Hussain, Pearl V. Puri, and Priya P Varrier. It will feature a total of 10 episodes, published across both print and digital formats, in both Hindi and English and available for reading on the Pratilipi Comics app free of cost.
Commenting on this collaboration, one of the crew members said, “The comic series is truly amazing! Witnessing Yaariyan 2 come to life in the form of comics evoked a sense of nostalgia. It is a visual delight to see what the Pratilipi Comics team has created. Both the storytelling and artwork are exceptionally beautiful. We are confident that all comic lovers will enjoy the series.”
Pratilipi Comics head Rajeev Tamhankar too expressed his enthusiasm about the partnership, “Comic book being adapted to feature films and television dramas are very common – from Marvel Comics to DC, and even Archies, the world has read and seen them all. But launching the Yaariyan 2 comics has been an exhilarating roller coaster ride for us because of how unique it is. This is our first movie-comics partnership and is a glimpse of how content will travel across mediums from comics to movies to novels, and back. We are extremely excited to unveil this slice-of-life series.”
Comic writer Akash Pathak who worked on the adaptation added, “As a writer, it was both interesting and challenging to work on this project. The movie explores the relationship between three cousins, their fun-filled yet emotional journey, and I have endeavored to capture those feelings in these small chapters of comics.”
Krupali Borkhatariya, the artist behind the graphics of the comic series said, “In this project, I ventured into the exciting world of experimenting with renowned faces, which presented its own unique set of challenges. I've employed a variety of digital art techniques to breathe life into this comic.”
With this distinctive movie-to-comic book adaptation, Pratilipi Comics continues its mission to innovate and revolutionize digital storytelling and expand their horizons by entering into multiple and meaningful partnerships. This collaboration marks a remarkable achievement for the comic book industry. Pratilipi Comics is shaping the future of digital storytelling by broadening its horizons.
With a diverse range of genres, including superheroes, action, and detective stories, Pratilipi Comics boasts over 1000 comic series and approximately 250 monthly episodes and their dedication to captivating readers with immersive and engaging narratives remains unparalleled.