‘Minnal Murali’ graphic novel has a different storyline: Gayathri Chandrasekaran

The Editor-in-Chief of Tinkle Comics says the graphic novel has been designed in a way that it can be accessed by first-timers, too.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 06, 2024 | 3:00 PMUpdatedMay 06, 2024 | 3:08 PM

Minnal Murali graphic novel has different story

Minnal Murali is making headlines even after three years of its release.

The Tovino Thomas-starrer, which is the first superhero movie in Malayalam, received a tremendous response after its premiere on Netflix in 2021.

Directed by Basil Joseph, the film narrated the story of the people of Kurukanmoola and the superhero Minnal Murali (played by Tovino).

Minnal Murali recently created history by becoming the first Malayalam movie to get a graphic novel. Tinkle Comics, under its new wing — Tinkle Comics Studio, launched the comic book.

Titled “Minnal Murali Strikes Again“, the graphic novel was launched at the Mumbai Comic Con on 21 April.

The project marks the collaboration between Tinkle Comics and actor Rana Daggubati’s VFX-production company Spirit Media.

Rana invested in Amar Chitra Katha and acquired the rights for Minnal Murali. He came up with the idea of bringing out a graphic novel on the Tovino Thomas-starrer.

Related: Tovino’s superhero film ‘Minnal Murali’ to be featured in Tinkle

‘Graphic novel has a longer storyline’

Interestingly, Minnal Murali is the first graphic novel from Tinkle Comics. And, it has a different and longer storyline.

According to Gayathri Chandrasekaran, the Editor-in-Chief of Tinkle Comics, Minnal Murali graphic novel initially had small episodic stories. However, the team held discussions with the producers of Weekend Blockbusters to create a longer storyline.

The plot in the graphic novel begins where the movie ends. It revolves around Kurukkanmoola village but with a different story altogether.

Gayathri disclosed that there was a need for evolution in terms of creativity because graphic novels demand a longer format when compared to short comic books.

For example, the makers added new characters like the female arch-villain Betty, who takes on Minnal Murali. The original characters of Bruce Lee Biji and Josemo have been retained though.

She added that the graphic novel of Minnal Murali has been designed in a way that it can be accessed by first-timers, too.

The story was developed by the creative team of Tinkle Comics Studio and the script was penned by Shreya Ghosh.

Vineet Nair, the Art Director of Tinkle Comics and the illustrator of the novel, is quite excited about the process. He has been with Tinkle Comis for about 12 years.

Vineet said he changed his style while designing the graphic novel. Since it targets kids and film audiences, he designed the sketches accordingly.

The art director-illustrator didn’t want an exact look-alike of Minnal Murali in the graphic novel. The look was finalised after several discussions.

Meanwhile, Basil Joseph and Tovino Thomas revealed recently that a sequel to Minnal Murali is on the cards. Unlike earlier, the sequel will have a theatrical release.

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