This weekend, you might need more than just a Superman T-shirt when you step out. As the city prepares for its first Comic Con on the weekend, corporate hub World Trade Centre will transform from a place with men in pinstriped shirts and fitted suits, to one with cape-sporting masqueraders.
"Costume playing or Cosplaying is big internationally. We thought of introducing it in Delhi last year, and surprisingly, many people turned up in elaborate costumes," says Jatin Varma, organiser of the Comic Con Express. Ask him what guise he’ll be seen in and he’s quick to say, "Since I’ll have a lot of running around to do at the event, I’ve decided to go in for a no-frills look. On day one, I’ll be Kato from The Green Hornet (he’s ordered the signature eyemask from Amazon) and the next day I’ll be Chacha Chaudhary."
And though eBay.com and Amazon are your best bets for costume knock-offs, Varma insists that characters like Chacha Chaudhary are just a matter of a stitch in time. Delhi’s comic lot was seen sporting saris à la notorious Indian porn star, Savitha Bhabhi, while a chiselled few went bare-chested, aping characters from Indian mythology. If all else fails, just shower yourself with white powder and sport a not-so-serious smudged lipstick smile. And bazinga, you jokers.
Designer Nida Mehmood
suggests inventive tricks to play superhero. "Superman is probably the easiest to put together. Plop on a Superman T-shirt, match blue tights and wrap a red tablecloth or any long cloth around your shoulders as the cape. Just don’t forget to flaunt your undies on top," she laughs. Women players can play with funky, coloured wigs and chequered miniskirts to be a Manga-ka, says Mehmood. For facemasks like those of Spiderman or Batman, you can get hold of stretchable sock and paint the web or desired design on it. Cut out holes for your eyes and nose, and you’re set.
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