Madame Tussauds Delhi recently organised the launch of Motu Patlu's comic book series titled “Motu Patlu in Madame Tussauds” to mark the 50th anniversary of Lotpot magazine. The comic book series that was unveiled by children from Smile Foundation chronicles the adventures of the iconic comic character Motu Patlu at the wax museum. “It is a very special occasion for us since we have completed 50 years. I feel the comic book series launch here at Madame Tussauds is a perfect way to celebrate the occasion,” explained PK Bajaj, Editor and Owner of Lotpot Group.
Earlier this year the figures of Motu and Patlu were unveiled which greatly added to the attraction. “Motu Patlu wax statues are amongst the most sought after figures at Madame Tussauds Delhi. I have been a witness to the excitement among children as well as their parents when they come to take photos with the figures of Motu Patlu. When we first unveiled them the idea was to bring in Indian comic icons to our international mix and it has greatly added to the overall experience at Madame Tussauds Delhi. We are really delighted to launch the Motu Patlu comic book series on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Lotpot magazine, revealed Anshul Jain, General Manager and Director, Madame Tussauds Delhi.
While the popularity of comic books in India has faded away in recent times, Motu Patlu has managed to remain popular, in particular amongst children and young adults. There have been Motu Patlu movies, television series in addition to comic books, merchandise and whatnot. “We are nothing without the support of young people. Also, I must give credit to my son Aman Bajaj for his vision that has allowed us to keep abreast with the changing times. The reading habits are ever-changing and so it’s important to adapt to the changing tastes. For example, earlier Lotpot used to be half colour and half black & white but now it comes in full colour,” added Bajaj.
“The toughest thing in life is always the first step. Once the first step is taken everything else starts to fall in place. Motu Patlu has been a tremendous journey for all of us and it has only grown stronger over the last 40-50 years. Everyone has a different journey but it is never a cakewalk as the path is always full of obstacles. The key to fulfilling any goal is to stay focused and committed,” averred Harvind Makkad, the writer of Motu Patlu who is hopeful that the popularity of comic books in India would increase in the near future. “It is no secret that the current state of affairs as far as the comic books are concerned is not as bright as one would have liked but I am sure that we are on the right track. Better days await us for sure,” summed up Makkad who is greatly excited by the prospects of the collaboration between Motu Patlu and Madame Tusaauds.