Anindya Roy uses comics for a social message

(From the archives: This article appeared in India Today in 2004)

Delhi-based filmmaker Anindya Roy in an effort to leveraging on the iconic grasp of comics, has set up South Comix Collective in 2002 to canvas developmental issues other than the usual gags like walking on air or waltzing on poles.

With cartoonist Sarnath Banerjee, Roy uses comics as a vanguard for contemporary culture and issues ranging from infanticide to forestation.

Roy tries to combine local sensitivity with colloquial humour. He eschews political diatribe, maintains universality in his themes and relies on a sensible marriage of reality and fiction. While Mira portrays the crude world of girl trafficking, Toppy is his mascot for championing environmental themes.

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