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Archie and the gang head for Bollywood

Everyone’s favourite comic book character Archie is taking a Bollywood turn this year, with the iconic carrot-top teenager expected to croon popular Hindi movie tracks in the upcoming series of 12 titles that will be published in India.
Nearly 70 years after he was conceptualised, Archie will now be seen wooing Veronica and Betty with songs such as “Aankhon Ki Gustakhiyaan” from the Salman Khan-starrer “Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam”, along with other chart topping numbers.
Of the dozen titles that are scheduled to be published in Hindi and Malayalam, seven will include the Archie-Betty-Veronica marriage saga. The books have been planned in such a sequence that they will bring to an end the vexed love triangle between the three lead characters of the comic series.

So get set for the most anticipated copies in the comic book’s history, which will include the titles “Archie Marries Veronica: The Proposal”, “Archie Marries Veronica: The Wedding”, “Archie Marries Veronica: It’s Twins”, “Archie Marries Betty: Will You Marry Me?”, “Archie Marries Betty: The Wedding”, among others.
Of the remaining five titles will explore the world of Archie and his friends, including the beloved Jughead and arch enemy Reggie, through their funny antics. Each title will be priced at Rs30.
The company plans to launch 36 titles by 2012.

Commenting on the launch of the books, Jon Goldwater, co-CEO of Archie Comics, told NDTV India: “Archie comics have entertained fans for several generations. We wanted to give our fans in India something they could relate to. The move is to bring in some Indian flavour to the comic. It will be the same Archie, the same Veronica and Betty but with a ‘desi’ twist.

“Fans can now see the gang sing some popular songs like the college classic “Purani jeans” and oldie “Kankariya maar ke jagaya” as smart chicks walk past the brood.”
Archie made his first appeared in 1941, drawn by Bob Montana and written by Vic Bloom. Over the years, Archie’s gang grew and even changed with the times. In 2010, the publishers introduced the first gay character Kevin Keller in the comics.


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