Happy Friendship Day everyone! Well, the official day was Aug 4th but here it’s a month wide celebration, so who cares if I’m fashionably (a month) late. And as usual I have some friendshipy things to share.
In the world of film and drama, people actually do live normal lives and form real-life bonds and friendships. Last summer, Abhishek Bachchan (Raavan, Guru) helped launched his buddy and Dhoom series co-star Uday Chopra‘s (Neal and Nicky, Mohabbatein) new graphic novel venture Yomics. And though I’ve had this post waiting in my queue since then, I’m glad I waited to share, so I could take the opportunity to not only highlight these childhood besties, but also the movie teaser for one of the birth stories Chopra has adapted into graphic novel format, which also happens to be their upcoming film, the third installment in the Dhoom franchise, Dhoom 3.
But before I do here’s a few stats on Yomics —-
Yomics (pronounced Y-omics) is a series of graphic novels initially using the stories of Dhoom, Ek Tha Tiger and Hum Tum as a jumping off point. Chopra’s thoughts are to bring that medium of entertainment to the Indian market with their own brand of narrative escapes. Chopra is admittedly a long-time comic/manga/graphic novel fan and in a personal note on the official Yomics site, likens the depictions within graphic art as a perfect reflection of Indian culture, he’s surprised has never been tapped previously.
“Graphic Art as an industry has not seen much prominence in the world and even much less here in India, yet when I look around myself, I can’t help but notice that our culture and everything that makes us Indian is steeped in color and imagery. The very basis of Graphic Art. It is part of our customs and traditions and even most of our religions are heavily dependent on that same color and imagery.”
It may be a little disappointing to only have these three stories in graphic form, being this is the company that gave us Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but to be honest, action is a better way to introduce the product and while Hum Tum isn’t an action film, it has the world of “comics” built into the narrative and has a classic rom-com theme, tone and pace. There are plans to extend the novels to other films underway, as well as creating new, original stories, but in the mean time, fans of the movies can revisit and review the stories of your favorite DVDs through the colorful pages of manga. If you are a Bolly newcomer or haven’t had the chance to see the original films for yourself, check them out at here or here.
And finally, after years of anticipation, the Dhoom story continues with it’s third (and final?) film. The movie has been in talks and rumors ever since the super summer hit release Dhoom 2 (2006). The film brings back it’s cornerstone buddy-cop duo ACP Jai Dixti (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali Akbar Fateh Khan (Uday Chopra) to wrestle up and take down another set of mastermind thieves, played by Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif. The films are known for sexy pairings, locations and stunts and if a barechested Khan is any indication, we can only expect this third villainous venture to follow in the footsteps of John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan, while I’m positive is the tip of the iceberg. For the guest star power and acting prowess has done nothing but expound and improve with each film.
Dhoom 3 steals in this Christmas season on December 20, 2013.