In epics there are no perfect gods. The characters are intrinsically human and the war between good and evil is riddled with contradictions. Mumbai-based artist Vivek Goel and writer Vijayendra Mohanty have teamed up to uncover the flip side of Ramayana. through the eyes of its eponymous villain, Ravan. Ravan as Darth Vader if you will but their hero will be Ram’s arch foe Ravan.
Ravanayan, their 120-page graphic novel, will be out by the end of this year. According to its creators, Ravan’s image is not that of the stereotypical ten-headed demon king. This guy is handsome, part-sage, part-demon, he’s a powerful king and fierce worshipper of Lord Shiv. The story looks at the Ramayana universe from the ‘dark side’.