This 24-year Mumbaikar gives Mahabharata a sci-fi twist

November 18, 2019

Virat Vilas Pawar, a 24-year old author from Mumbai recently launched his book titled Heroes of War – Men From The Future, wherein he turned characters from the epic Mahabharata into sci-fi characters. Pawar, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Degree from Josh Bedekar College, Thane is currently pursuing LLB from D.Y.Patil College of Law, Nerul, Navi Mumbai.

Pawar also volunteers for an NGO working on spreading awareness about road safety. A mix of mythology and science, the youngster took a whole year to write and re-write the book which has been well received by the audience.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“I have been fascinated with superheroes since my childhood and wanted to give people a good piece of science fiction, and by that, I mean something that is trending these days like Avengers. I don’t think Bollywood is able to do justice to the content that they are putting out in terms of science fiction. I thought I should give write some superhero story and came up with HoW,” Pawar told EducationWorld.

‘Heroes of Wars: Men From The Future’ is the first part of the HoW Trilogy. In this first version, “the concept of the story revolves around a god from the past, Kison, who travels to the future, to meet his final incarnation and asks for a favour. Everything in the story is somehow related to Mahabharata but it’s an alternate version or time travel,” adds Pawar.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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On being asked why he chose the Mahabharata, he promptly replies, “I wanted to write a book that everyone in India can relate to and mythology is one such thing. The first name that came to my mind is Mahabharata. I wanted to give the story a science fiction touch and at the same time didn’t want to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. So, I thought I should make a new series that is inspired by the Mahabharata and is also a science fiction.”

He further adds, “When it comes to the Mahabharata, there are at least 1000 people you are talking about so it gives a plethora of characters or people to look for. I personally feel that everything we go through life is somehow related to things that have happened in the Mahabharata.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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When asked if he always wanted to become an author, Pawar says, “My dad is an author and since my childhood, I have written fictional short stories. I wanted to put them together but never really thought of becoming an author. HoW has a total of 23 characters with five core characters and I got a lot of freedom to construct each and every character,” says Pawar.

When asked about his favourite character, he quickly replies ‘Karna’ as “he is a great character, who is just in an unlucky situation.” Pawar will soon be starting with the second part of the trilogy titled ‘Heroes of Wars: Beats From the Future’. 

Sukanya Nandy

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