In June 2014, Priya's Shakti — India's first augmented reality comic book — featuring the first female Indian superhero — was released at Mumbai's comic con. Filmmaker Ram Devineni, illustrator Dan Goldman and Lina Srivastava joined hands to come up with the graphic novel that conveyed the ordeal and struggles of a gang rape survivor — Priya.
Two years later, Priya Shakti is coming up with its second edition called Priya's Mirror, which is co-produced by Mahendra Singh Foundation in New York and India. The foundation provides support to victims of physical and sexual abuse and acid attacks.
Priya’s Mirror aims to raise awareness about acid attacks in India and around the world.
Priya's Mirror will be unveiled at the New York Film Festival (September 30-October 6) and then at the Mumbai comic con on October 22. It documents the stories of acid attack survivor from New York City, Colombian capital Bogota, and Delhi.
The 36-page graphic novel will be available in five languages — English, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. It can also be downloaded free from their website.
The creators of the second edition — Ram Devineni, Paromita Vohra and Dan Goldman — collaborated with augmented reality app Blippar. Readers who want to join the movement to spread awareness on acid attacks, can do so by using the app. Readers can use the app to scan the cover and pages of the comic book and can also unlock exclusive content, including 3D-animation and real-life stories for a better understanding of the subject.
Monica Singh, who plays a central part in the comic told News18, "This book is based on my personal story of using a mirror to face fears. I hope to inspire other women to find courage and confidence and to fight back."
The graphic novel tells the story of rape survivor Priya, who joins hands with acid attack survivor to fight the demon King, Ahankar.
The funding for Priya's Mirror came from the World Bank’s WEvolve Global Initiative, which is aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours that lead to gender inequities, including gender violence.