The Center for Research and Information (CRI) on Saturday launched the fourth installment of “Mujib,” a graphic novel depicting the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, at the Ekushey Book Fair.
Grandson of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and CRI trustee Radwan Mujib Siddiq unveiled the fourth episode, which focuses on a young Bangabandhu’s expedition to Delhi.
“The young generation of our country needs to know the struggles in the life of Bangabadhu. To dispense the message of his journey, we initiated the plan to bring out this graphic novel depicting his life.” said Nasrul Hamid, State minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources.
“It was quite tough to imagine the life and appearance of young Bangabandhu, but the credit goes to our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her sister Sheikh Rehana for their constant assistance,” he added.
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“The challenging part of making this novel lies in the creation of an acceptable illustration of young Bangabadhu, as the children of this generation did not see this version before,” said Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, illustrator of Mujib. “Keeping the historical facts on track, I tried to merge fantasy with reality.”
Scriptwriter Siddiq Ahamed said: “Since we cannot stray from the historical series events, we have to research line by line on how to portray the character. The process was so critical that we needed a total three phases to finalize the graphic novel.”
“Kids instinctively imitate the behavior of their favorite superhero. If we are able to replace their superhero with the father of nation, we can expect them to be great patriots like him in the future,” said ICT minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak.
“Basically, this novel is presented with a multidimensional approach, which helps the children understand the series of historical events through the character.” said State Minister of Information Tarana Halim.
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“Apart from enjoying the comics, they will learn the skills and ideals of the great leader through insights into his life. In order to be a good human being, the young generation needs to implement the ideals and messages of his life” she added.
CRI distributed the graphic novel for free to the children visiting their stall at the launch event.
Sharmin Sultana, who visited the launch with her children, said: “My kids are very interested in comic books. I believe this kind of comic will help them to explore the life of the father of nation.”
Shibu Kumar Shil, editor of the graphic novel, assured that the entire series would be completed in twelve episodes. He added that he expects to make an animated film based on the storyline of Mujib once the graphic novel series is completed.