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Interview: Eder Messias, Brazilian Comic Artist who has added the Master Strokes to the Graphic Novel Devi Chaudhurani

Eder Messias interview

It is our pleasure to introduce Eder Messias, the guest artist from Sao Paulo, Brazil who contributed in the Graphic Novel ‘Devi Chaudhurani’. To get to know more about this rising talent we conducted an interview with Eder and he was nice and kind enough to oblige us despite his busy schedule.

Eder Messias interview

Sholoana Bangaliana: Hi Eder, please tell us a little about yourself and your career in comics.

Eder:  I started my career in comics with Rascunho Studio in December 2010 with a Graphic Novel called ‘Assassin and Son’. A book that tells the story of a murderer who decides to leave his life of crime after raising a family, but he saw that this decision would not be as easy as he imagined . It was a crime noir action drama and a very fun book to draw. The full book was around 350 pages, and I spent a  whole year drawing the book. I also host workshops and teach young artists in the field of comics and animation. Presently I am also doing a lot of commissioned artwork.

 Eder Messias Interview

Eder Messias Interview

Eder Messias Interview

Eder Messias Interview

Sholoana Bangaliana:  How did Devi Chaudhurani happen for you? How did Shamik get in touch with you?

Eder: I have known Shamik approximately for 6 years. I met him through the Social Media platform of Orkut and we became good friends. Shamik’s work in Indian comics fascinated me, especially Ramayan 3392 AD. For a long time we have been trying to do a book together, but due to circumstances it was not working out. However, when the opportunity came with his new Graphic Novel Devi Chaudhurani, I grabbed it readily. It is really great fun to work with him. Though it was just approximately 8 pages of Devi which I did, I had a gala time working on them.

Eder Messias Interview

Sholoana Bangaliana: We Indians especially people in Kolkata are crazy about football, and we are huge fans of the Brazilian team but we never knew Brazil had such a rich culture of Comics as well. Many Brazilian and Latin American artists work with big companies like DC or Marvel. Some of them are on the top tier of artists in these companies. Please tell us more about the culture of comic books in Brazil. Who are the most prominent and famous Brazilian artists in comic book industry?

Eder: Very true, Brazil is growing every day in the Comics art. After football and movies, comics are the most popular form of entertainment here in Brazil. Everywhere you will see a school of design training people in comics and animation. People are making careers on comic and graphic novel art, I myself am a teacher of Art and Comics, Manga, cartoon, caricature. A lot of Brazillian artists work with big American and international houses like DC, Marvel and others. Some of the most popular and talented Brazilian artists in Comics are Mike Deodato, Ivan Reis, Ed Benes Daniel Hdr my friend and my neighbor RB Silva. Among comic book fans of Brazil these people are as popular as Kaka, Ronaldo, Grarrincha or even Pele.

Mike Deodato

(Mike Deodato, one of Marvel’s top artist, has worked on Incredible Hulk, Spiderman and Avengers)

Ivan-reis

(Ivan Reiss, one of DC’s top artists worked on Green Lantern, Superman, Justice League and others)

Ed_Benes

(Ed Benes, one of the veteran artists of DC Comics, worked on Supergirl, Birds of Prey, Justice League and others)

Sholoana Bangaliana: This is the first time a Brazilian artist has worked with an India based company and in an Indian Graphic Novel. What prompted you to work in a book which is intrinsically Indian in nature? What attracted you towards the story of Devi Chaudhurani?

Eder:  What attracted me? Why, the sheer wealth in history, the richness in detail. Indian culture and art has got fascinating details, and your country is filled with beautiful women, objects, clothes and buildings. Moreover I always love to draw girls and since this book has got a strong female kick ass protagonist I was immediately drawn towards it. Regarding the story, I must honestly say I got a very vague outline but the gist was exciting enough. It is about this young woman and her followers fighting the Invading foreign imperialists. It is a story of revolution and as you know we Latin Americans have got a thing for revolutions, moreover, what’s better than seeing an attractive woman heading that?Eder Messias InterviewSholoana Bangaliana: Would you like to collaborate with Indian comic companies and writers in future?

Eder: Oh surely, I love Indian concepts and themes. Shamik always discusses them and I am drawn towards them. This was just a short stint of 8 odd pages, but I would surely like to do full books. Any writers or publishers interested?

Sholoana Bangaliana: This might sound a little silly, but do you play football as well?

Eder: Hahaha…almost everyone here in Brazil plays football. I do too and as a matter of fact I am quite good at it. If I had not been a comic artist and designer, I would have surely become a football player.+

Sholoana Bangaliana: Thank you Eder for sharing your thoughts with us, we would be looking forward to your work in Devi Chaudhurani.

Eder: The pleasure is mine, and hey all of you reading this…buy the book, I swear this is gonna be a great enjoyable read for you all, and watch out for my work!

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Mishawr Rawhoshyo team meets the press; Audio CD launch accompanied the press meet

Prosenjit Chatterjee

Srijit Mukherji’s new Bangla Movie Mishawr Rawhoshyo is set to release on October 11th and the team met the press on October 2nd in hotel Grand Oberoi Kolkata to talk about the movie and share their experience of working on the same. Present at the press conference were Director Srijit Mukherji, Tollywood hero Prosenjit Chatterjee, Aryan, Tridha Chowdhury, Neel, Music director Indraadip Dasgupta along with lyricist Srijato.

Tollywood’s beloved Bumba Da (Prosenjit Chatterjee) who promptly addressed the press started with thanking the producers Shree Venkatesh Films for again coming forward to support a movie of such grand scale. He even said that right from the days of Chokher Bali when no producer was confident about investing in Bengali films, SVF had the foresight to take up the challenge and has since then been churning out one hit after the other and breaking the slump that keeps creeping into Tollywood.

Prosenjit Chatterjee who plays the role of Kakababu in the movie also seemed quite excited about the project. He even said that though he has worked in so many films over the years, this project will always remain special to him. Prosenjit also shared with the press his experience of shooting in Egypt at a time when the land was not at all safe. He even said that till the time they had boarded the plane, family and friends kept texting and calling trying to dissuade them from going but the team was determined and they went, shot and returned home safe. Tollywood’s very own Bumba Da also spoke about his experience of working with Srijit who has this strange habit of getting restless and super anxious to present the movie on screen as soon as the idea takes shape in his mind; the whole journey of making Mishawr Rawhoshyo was thus a whirl wind affair. Prosenjit also said that essaying the role of Kakababu was quite a task for him too as here the expectations would be really high as Kakababu is one character who is omnipresent in almost every household of Bengal.

Srijit Mukherjee

Speaking to the press, Srijit Mukherji, who is known as one of the most prolific directors of today also thanked Shree Venkatesh Film for their support and even said that it is only SVF that he could trust with the presentation of such an epic movie as only they have this rare trait of completely trusting their directors and their creativity.

Srijit has time and again said that Mishawr Rawhoshyo will act as a historical record of the present day turmoil in Egypt as the backdrop of this film is Egypt of 2013. While keeping the plot and essence of a Kakababu adventure intact, Srijit has indeed molded the story in his own way to suit the taste of the cine goers of today. It is also this subtle twist in the tale that has brought about the character of Rini played by Tridha Chowdhury with a romantic angle when the original story only talks about Santu and Rini’s friendship. Srijit, time and again urged the audience to come to the theaters to watch this movie as all the hard work of one whole year will be justified only if the audience appreciates the efforts that have gone into making this movie.

aryan

                                                              

Click Play to listen to Aryan talking about his role in Mishawr Rawhoshyo

Aryan who is playing the role of Santu was also all praises for the director and said that he is very thankful to Srijit Mukherji for not only casting him in the movie but also for allowing him an opportunity of assisting with direction. Aryaan is quite excited about the movie and is quite hopeful about its success too.

Tridha Chowdhury

The love interest of Santu in the movie Rini, played by the beautiful Tridha Chowdhury also spoke to the press and expressed her gratitude towards the team of Mishawr Rawhoshyo and said that getting an opportunity to share screen space with stalwarts like Prosenjit Chatterjee right in her debut film is definitely her good fortune and she has tried to give her best in this movie.

Mishawr Rawhoshyo

The music of the film, as expressed by the lyricist, composer and singer alike is larger than life and the audience will surely be able to connect with it. The press conference was also accompanied with the formal launch of the Audio Cd of Mishawr Rawhoshyo.

From the trailers that have been released and the excitement that can be evidently seen in the team members of Mishawr Rawhoshyo the expectations from the movie have increased manifold and the whole of Bengal seems to be eagerly waiting for October 11th to watch the mystery unfold.

IMG_6196 Indradip-Dasgupta Srijato Mishawr Rawhoshyo

Photographs: Pratik Banerjee

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