WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 13, 2018, 04.04 PM
Stan Lee, the man who created iconic superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doctor Strange and Black Panther, breathed his last on Monday night. The legend behind Marvel is credited for creating some of the most iconic pop culture heroes which continue to entertain and influence generations.
While most of the superheroes created by Stan Lee were known, few are aware that the man had also co-created an Indian superhero called Chakra: The Invincible.
The Indian superhero made its first appearance in a comic in 2011. Lee along with Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra had created the character who could easily be called a cross between Spider-Man and Iron Man with a desi twist.
So who is Chakra? A teenage tech genius named Raju Rai who unintentionally activated a blue jumpsuit that unleashed the chakras( energy centres) in his body. And that's how Raju Rai became superhero Chakra: The Invincible who was entrusted to keep Mumbai safe.
The creation of Chakra was welcomed by Indian fans who thought it would help to break the dominance of western characters in the world of comics and superheroes.
Chakra got his own feature film in 2013 which was aired on Cartoon Network in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. The film got two more sequels in the later years even.
While its introduction did help in breaking the monotony, Chakra never gained as much popularity as its western counterparts-one reason could have been that audience in India could relate to an Indian superhero speaking in an American accent in the English version.
In fact, in 2016 news of Chakra being adapted for the big screen also made its round. Lee announced that Chakra would be made in Bollywood in partnership with Phantom Films and Vikramaditya Motwane would begin shooting for the film in later part of 2016- early 2017. News also had it that Lee, in his typical fashion of making cameos in Marvel films, would be appearing in a small role in this film as well.
However, earlier this year, Phantom Films was dissolved, leaving the fate of the movie on Chakra uncertain.
Meanwhile, the Indian superhero and his story of saving Mumbai is available on Youtube and has also been adapted for a mobile game.
'Chakra: The Invincible' was entrusted with the responsibility of keeping Mumbai safe.