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Tintin tivia: Did you know?

Hergé's TINTIN books have sold 200 million copies in over 101 languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam and Sanskrit. The first Indian language that Tintin comics were translated in was Bengali. Read more fun facts about Tintin franchise.

books Updated: Nov 09, 2011 12:58 IST


Hergé's TINTIN books have sold 200 million copies in over 101 languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam and Sanskrit. The first Indian language that Tintin comics were translated in was Bengali. It's believed that every household in Kolkata has a copy of a Tintin comic.

While he was alive, Tintin's creator Hergé himself remarked that he received several letters from Calcutta. He had professed a desire to visit the city in particular (he has a huge fan following there) and set an adventure there. In fact, he incorporated India, although not Calcutta, into two stories: Cigars of the Pharoah and Tintin in Tibet. Some say Herge was planning to do a Tintin story based in Kolkata before he died on 3 March, 1983, a few days before his first scheduled meeting with Spielberg.

Unlike his fellow journalist Clark Kent who emerged from telephone booths as Superman, Tintin the boy reporter had no supernormal powers, but only his quick wit, courage and no compromise with corruption.

Tintin became a subliminal inspiration that ordinary human beings have within the fearless ability to overcome extraordinary challenges, even being ready to sacrifice one's own life to save others.

Tintin was evidence that great success is born only out of talent being backed with extremely disciplined effort and hard work. Hergé was an obsessive perfectionist as a storyteller, with a tireless energy for research and dedication to smallest detail. For Tintin in Tibet (1960) - where Tintin  and Captain Haddock spend three hours in New Delhi in transit while waiting for an Air India flight to Kathmandu - Hergé wrote to Air India's chief representative in Europe, and received catalogues on the aircraft Air India used in its fleet, and even details of the uniforms Air India cabin crew wore.

Farr came to India in 2010, as part of a British travel company 'On the Go Tours' that offers the world's first annual Tintin holidays to countries Tintin travelled. Accompanied by Tintin experts like Farr, Alain Baran, who was Hergé's secretary, and Dominique Maricq, archivist at Studio Hergé, the 15-day India tour covers places appearing in Tintin in Tibet and in Cigars of the Pharoah (1932-1934) in which Tintin air crashes into the Kingdom of Gaipajama and befriends its Maharajah.

Hergé completed 23 Tintin stories before his death in 1983. His incomplete work Tintin and Alph-Art was published unfinished in 1986 with Hergé's pencilled drawings, rough sketches and story notes. It looked set to be one of Tintin's most fascinating adventures - into the world of modern art and the occult. The completed Alph-Art would have been an all-time best seller in Kolkata.

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN will use advanced performance capture 3D technology developed by Peter Jackson's studio WETA Digital.

Three new characters have been created for this new film which did not exist in the original comic book.

Actor Imran Khan is just one of the many celebrity fans of TINTIN in India

The movie will release in India on 11 November 2011 (11-11-11) six weeks before the US release which is scheduled for Christmas. This is due to the huge fan following for Tintin in the country. The brand awareness of Tintin in the country is over 90%. India is the only territory in Asia that Sony Pictures (Columbia) will be distributing apart from Europe and Latin America. These territories have the highest interest in TINTIN.

Check out Sony's latest release - The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

First Published: Nov 09, 2011 12:58 IST

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