1. What is your name and age?
Romi Mondal. 22years.
2. Stage name if any?
Well, I am only using instagram now. I call myself “Romtz” now.
3. Are you professionally a cosplayer? If not, what you do?
No. I am a doctor by profession.
4. How long have you been cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying for the past one year.
5. What was your inspiration for cosplay?
Inspiration from great cosplayer Rheality Lapse and for the event Kolkata comic carnival.
6. How do you think the cosplay scene in India has changed over the years?
In India, cosplay has become much more popular in last 2-3 years. Now, a lot of people do understand what cosplay is and respect cosplayers as artists. Though, scenario is limited to big cities only. But, comic cons and different cosplay events are taking place in all over India.
7. How different are Indian Cosplayers from Foreign Cosplayers? Are they given the same amount of respect?
Basically, the difference is different countries. But as experience matters and as they started almost a decade ago, they really are good; where we have to work hard to catch up. And sometimes, the availability of some prop materials do matter as well, which are not available in India. And about social media reach,most of the Indian cosplayers have various social media accounts. Even some cosplayers are making you tube videos, streaming , making patreon accounts. So, we are growing.
8. What are the difficulties and challenges you face as a cosplayer?
The most difficult thing was money at “first”. But right now, it is “time”.As I prefer to make my own cosplay clothing and props, Time is a factor now.And the challenge is to maintain both passion and profession. People discouraged me a lot. But,some good friends did stay and helped me to overcome all the negativities. Now, I challenge myself to make me a “Cosplayer” from an “Aspiring Cosplayer”.
9. Being a woman have you ever been discouraged from cosplaying by family or friends?
Yes, I have been discouraged a lot, both as because I’m a female person and I have another profession. Family didn’t support at first. But my mom understood and accepted me and also taught me cosplay clothing pattern making.
10. What are the suggestions for budding cosplayers in India? Can cosplaying be taken as serious career choice?
My suggestions are –
a. To believe
b. To work hard
c. To exercise and maintain good health
d. To study a lot
Last, but not the least, it can be taken as a serious career choice. But, just like the other professions, you really really have to work hard with patience and have to find a good way to showcase your talent.
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Comics were always an integral part of India’s youth. The young minds have always been fascinated by the all the superpowers demonstrated by their heroes. I recall my childhood when I was stoked by the on-screen bravery of the likes of Spiderman, Superman and Batman, to name a few. The comics’ scenario in this country got a major boost when the first ever comic con was hosted in Delhi way back in 2011 by Twenty Onwards Media. And we got to see live-depiction, aka cosplay of the characters we saw in the pages of our comic books or our TV screen.
Today, we have Comic cons in plenty of cities in India, with Hyderabad and Delhi being the forerunners. “The cosplay scene is growing pretty neat in India, People are actually earning few bucks by doing what they are into. There are pretty awesome cosplay scenes which are happening around the cities. “says 27-year old Sunil Choppala who works at Dell and pursues cosplay as a hobby. “As a cosplayer I have always wanted to bring awareness of the cosplay culture in Hyderabad and I think I am doing an awesome job.” adds Sunil.
Cosplay has become a very necessary part of comic cons nowadays. Mirza Ahmed Ali Baig, a 22 year-old student, comments, “When Comic con came to Hyderabad for the first time in 2013, me and my friend cosplayed as the Joker and we went to the convention. When we walked in and looked around, I saw a happiness on every person who saw us. The joy of bringing a smile on others’ face was enough for me to keep on cosplaying.”
Though people have had different beginnings for cosplaying for the first time, one thing stays the same. They were getting a platform to portray their creative talents and bring happiness to a lot of people who have always wanted to experience superheroes in real life. “I took my inspiration from cosplayer Rheality Lapse. I was lucky that Kolkata Comic Carnival was right around the corner and I showcased my cosplaying skills there.” quotes Romi Mondal, a 22 year-old dynamic lady who is also a doctor by profession.
To be honest, there has been something that had been gnawing inside me. Whenever I see the foreign cosplayers and our own Indian cosplayers, I can’t help but find a stark difference. “In India, cosplay has become much more popular in last 2-3 years. Experience matters. They started almost a decade ago, they really are good; where we have to work hard to catch up.” agrees Romi. “Perhaps the major difference speaking quality wise is that due to lack of exposure to materials. Further, money is an issue with most of us here because more than half of the cosplayers are students and we don’t have too many money making options or even the time, thanks to our education system.” adds Rohan Ramakrishna, a 22 year-old student.
Cosplay has definitely been a great addition to the Comic Cons. We can agree that we have reached a threshold, but we still have miles to go.
To be continued.
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Are you suicidal? No? Or putting it lightly, do you feel like pulling off the plug of your life-support system? Not quite? Well, you should still read this article and I’ll tell you why.
Katherine Langford’s Hannah Baker in the series is a mess of a woman who can’t cope up with her surroundings and finally decides to take the decisive step of committing suicide. Well, it isn’t as simple as that. There’s a twist. Baker leaves behind thirteen tapes, with each being dedicated to one of her friends, colleagues or professors, and explains to the listeners what made her do this.
This is what I was told before me binge-watched this Netflix series and boy! I have never been so wrong. 13 Reasons Why is an utterly complex sequence of tapes which takes you through a delusional ride consisting of vicious graphical depiction of rape, assault and suicide. When the entire ordeal ended, I was forced to think about my loved ones and what I can do so that this never happens in real life.
This show talks about friendship and the deep roots such relationships run. We find this closeness reflected in Baker and her friends Jessica Davis (played by Alisha Boe) and Alex Standall (played by Miles Heizer) in the initial days of her school which was very heart-warming. The story continues to show how Baker lost her support from her friends, with rumours taking a bad shape and people accusing her of a lot many things.
By the time, you reach this far, it has already woven into an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation with Hannah dangling by a thread and we see Ross Butler’s Zach Dempsey shaking this thread to the snapping point.
I remember a dialogue thrown by Langford to Dylan Minette’s Clay Jensen. This scene is actually happening inside Jensen’s mind, where he says to Baker, “I love you, Hannah. And I would never do anything to hurt you.” And his conscience, as Baker replies, “Why didn’t you tell me this when I was alive?” This dialogue is one of the best from the series and is really moving.
We have Christian Navarro’s Tony Padilla who oversees that the tapes are listened to by everybody named on them. One can say that Tony acts as the Guardian Angel for Hannah. The irony here is that this concern for Baker was not reflected by Padilla when she was alive.
Sometimes, all we have is a straw and we try to stay alive with that, hoping that our saviour would arrive and swoosh us from the difficulties. What happens when that saviour doesn’t bother enough to understand that you’re floating with just a straw? This is what percolated here when Derek Luke’s Kevin Porter who was the assigned counsellor for Hannah in her school doesn’t understand that Hannah came to him just before pulling off the plug.
If my memory serves me right, one of my friends commented on the visual portrayal of Baker’s suicide as radically horrific and this comes from a person who sees post-mortem videos for fun. This been said, it is very much clear that 13 Reasons Why isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Although, the show has been in the news for all the wrong reasons with people accusing the producers of promoting suicide, I feel that we can all learn a lesson from it. Baker shows us an entirely different approach to our day-to-day lives. A random act of kindness, an outward thank you or an occasional politeness is often not there in our schedule. Maybe it is high time to make changes to it.
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The hype and the excitement for the movie was so piqued and real that I travelled almost 200kms all the way to Kolkata from my hometown because the later didn’t have any screenings of the movie (unbelievable, right?) but man, it was worth my every penny, time and energy!
So now, the movie starts with the present day Diana Prince who gets a couriered photograph from Bruce Wayne. The photograph takes her down the nostalgia road to the beautiful and picturesque Themyscira, where Diana was born and raised. Strong and fierce amazons habituate the island unknown to mankind, carefully hidden from the rest of the world by Greek god Zeus. As Diana mentions, it’s their sacred duty to protect the world, so we see women training everywhere under General Antiope. Everything looks good and engaging till now but I just wish Gal had a better entry, though. The queen of Themyscira , Hippolyta and the mother of Diana is extremely loving and over protective of her child and still lives in denial about the return of Ares, the god of war. Diana trains under her aunt Antiope but in secret. Robin Wright delivers a commanding performance within the short amount of screen time she was provided with. She’s super intense and powerful. Now, let’s talk about the most inspiring and empowering scenes of all times where we witness the amazons defending their land from some invading German soldiers. It took the world 75 years to create and bring something as powerful and unique as that scene. All the amazons are actually played by strong female athletes in real life and that’s what makes it so special. The women are able to kill off all the men but the fight convinces Diana that her brother Ares has returned. The young woman prepares to leave with an American spy, Steve Trevor who she had once saved from drowning. She believes her brother, Ares is behind the world war and stopping him will bring peace to the world.
Steve brings Diana to London where she is introduced to ice-cream, appropriate women’s apparel and etiquettes. Diana takes time to blend in and this gives the director ample chance to bring a few funny and light moments into the movie. There is this scene where Diana saves Steve from some disguised, crooked German goons, which is a clearly a tribute to the 1978 Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve. Pretty cool, right? Meanwhile, Steve takes a notebook which he had earlier stolen from the German scientist Dr. Maru and hands it to his senior Sir Patrick Morgan who is planning a negotiation of armistice with Germany. They decode the notebook with the help of Diana and learn that Dr.Maru with the aid of General Ludendorff plans on releasing a deadly gas at the warfront. Morgan shows sympathy, secretly agreeing to help Steve and provides him with some money. Steve and Diana form a team with few of Steve’s associates and they move towards Belgium. The movie loses it pace and starts to lag here and there.
Diana and her mates become local heroes where she breaks in to No-man’s land and they are able to free a village. Steve and Diana bond later in the evening and share a passionate kiss and spend the night together. Later we come to know that there is a gala held by Germans to celebrate their supposed victory and Diana comes to believe that Ludendorff himself is Ares and goes after him. She engages in a fight with the General eventually killing him but the war does not stop.
The climax is pretty obvious and Ares had disguised himself as Morgan all this while. Diana tries to kill him with the sword, but Ares destroys it and tells Diana that she is the real Godkiller. Meanwhile Steve’s team destroys Maru’s lab and fight the Germans and Steve sacrifices himself trying to detonate a bomb. Ares tries to misuse Diana’s anger and rage but inspired by Steve’s love and ultimate sacrifice, Diana finds the strength within herself and kills Ares which finally leads to the end of the war. And the world finally gets the Wonder Woman it actually deserves.
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine deliver top notch performances. I’ve always been a fan of David Thewlis (who plays Ares) but they should’ve found somebody better suited for such a role. I’m tired of Danny Huston(who plays General Ludendorff) being constantly typecast in villainous roles. Patty Jenkins has given us one of the best movies of the DCEU (not at all underwhelming and the strong nod to feminism) so far and I hope the sequel will be as good as it’s predecessor. I had a huge smile on my face while I came out of the movies and if it were possible I’d watch it at the theatres again. The super heroine has come a long way (earliest comic books included a lot of bondage which was later toned down) and I hope she continues to inspire young girls (and boys!) with her patriotism, love, strength and bravery.
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