Producer Ram Devineni and artist Dan Goldman earlier created an Indian comic story book named Priya’s Shakti, in which the protagonist was a rape-victim and the book became a global sensation. Now, Priya is back again fighting for the acid-attack victims. Acid attacks on women is that brutal reality subsisting in our society that has been destroying the entire world with its flames since long. Hundreds of women all over the world, especially in south Asia and particularly in India have been victimised with the same.
The comic is based on acid attack survivor Monica Singh. Back in time, when she fell prey to the acid attack in her hometown in Lucknow, it was very difficult for her to look into the mirror. But she then used the mirror to overcome her flawsThe significance of the same is used in the comic-story and that is why it is titled Priya’s Mirror.
In an interview with Mashable, Monika said, "I became my own strength. I used the mirror as a type of therapy to accept what happened to me — and that story was very much intertwined into the comic book. The mirror is Priya's Mirror, but it's also Monica's Mirror, too."
The mirror which is called the “mirror of love” is used by Priya in the story to liberate women and the significance of it is explained by the producer Ram Devineni as "The mirror allows you to see beyond what is reflected. It is inner truth. A quote by Priya describes it perfectly - 'Why should we hide our wounds? And why should we hide because of our wounds, sisters! Someone reduced you to only your face. But you are other things too. Look into this mirror and you will see.'"
Priya's Mirror is also the first comic book ever funded by the World Bank. It was in 2015 when Devineni first met the acid attack survivors in New Delhi and heard their stories that she made up her mind that the second book of the series Priya’s Shakti has to be based on their story because their personal experience of violence and stigma and their stories mirror that of the rape victims.
Watch the trailer of the book here:
The comic book will officially launch in India at Mumbai Comic Con on Oct. 22 and 23, and is currently available for free download in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Hindi.