Mumbai, Aug 31: It's not a bird, it's not a plane and it is definitely not Superman anymore - at least in India. Make way for the new and real-life Indian hero - 26/11 martyr Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who has now been immortalised as 'Braveheart of Mumbai' in a 52-page comic book.
The comic book details Sandeep Unnikrishnan's valour while he was fighting Ajmal Kasab's associates in Taj hotel during the 60-hour Mumbai terror attacks in Nov 2008, a media report said.
What is more interesting is that the mastermind behind the commendable comic book is an officer in the Merchant Navy.
Aditya Bakshi, who believes that is very important for everyone to know about these real-life super heroes, has now released the book on Major Unnikrishan.
Aditya's latest work is part of the series, titled 'Indian War Crimes', that began in 2008 with a comic on Kargil martyr Capt Vikram Batra followed by one on Col NJ Nair, Mid-Day reported.
"My first comic was a black and white but around 10,000 copies were sold which inspired me to go ahead. In our latest series we have used the best available graphics and colours. Two young students Sony Thokchom (penciller) and Dipak Prajapati (colourist) assisted me," he is quoted as saying in the tabloid newspaper.
The 'Braveheart of Mumbai', which will soon launched on the digital platform, chronicles the events of Operation Tornado and culminates with the Major's death.
It also brings out little-known facets of his personality and personal life, the report published on Tuesday, Aug 31 said.
Explaining the process in which the details are collected, Aditya said, "We narrate the story to the parents first and ask for details. Then we contact the respective units to gather more information. Then starts our work of designing and creating graphics."Did you know that Major Unnikrishnan had a premonition about his death? He had told a few of his friends some days before the fateful day that the nation would remember the way he died."
Aditya, son of Major General (Retd) G D Bakshi, worked on the comic book while on break from work.