If you've ever imagined your favourite caped wonders Indian avatar, this is as good a time as any to express it to the world: Comic fans have gone on a rampage on Twitter, imagining what classic American superheroes would be like if they were Indians (all day today), making the hashtag #IfSuperheroesWereIndian the top trend.
Social media suggests that India might not exactly present itself as the ideal country to exploit these heroes superpowers: Instead of saving Gotham (or Gurgaon), Batman's priority would probably revolve around cutting down the electricity bill. Spiderman, on the other hand, would be throwing out webs to hang piles of freshly-washed shirts (and other clothing paraphernalia) from.
Their biggest tussles however, would probably be pleading with their parents for an extension on their nighttime curfew (imagine wrapping up fighting crime before 9pm), and cracking engineering entrance exams before exploring their super powers.
Here are some of the things people imagine superheroes doing if they were Indian:
Lots of daily chores
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Ironman would get laundry requests everyday.— Raj Shekhar (@spud_31) July 13, 2015
Thor would use his superpowers to cut down on Electricity Bills.July 13, 2015
Getting mentored by Rajinikanth
Adding a desi feel to their clothing (ahem)
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Superman would wrap that cape around his head like a turban. Or wear it like a gamcha.— Manas (@Spooferman_) July 13, 2015
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Superman would have sported Rupa underwear.— scaryhairyman (@scaryhairyman) July 13, 2015
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Black Widow would have to wear a 'White Saari'— Doc. (@drhouse00) July 13, 2015
Spouting Bollywood monologues at their nemesis
[batman from Delhi]
His first threat to villains - "tu jaanta nahi mera baap kaun hai"
Villain: tha*July 13, 2015
Commuting, Indian style
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Batman would have used locals in Mumbai instead of Bat mobile because of traffic.— сарт. ванuваli (@DhoniiOS) July 13, 2015
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian they would also have struggled in traffic of Bangalore, water-logging of Delhi and local trains of Mumbai— Bhak Sala (@bhak_sala) July 13, 2015
Alfred: Sir where are you?
Batman: Stuck in traffic near Dhaula Kuan, Will be there in 4 hours— Bakwas deGrass Tyson (@BakwasRadio) July 13, 2015
Battling Indian parents
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Batman would have been an engineer trying to do an MBA & would've end up spending all his time on Twitter.— clfrd (@cliffordsouza) July 13, 2015
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Batman`s dad would have thrashed him vary hard for driving so rash— Prateek Arora (@AroraPrteek) July 13, 2015
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Catwoman would still have a 8pm deadline.— BeingNita (@VinithaShetty) July 13, 2015
Many on Twitter also pointed out that India already has too many superheroes:
#IfSuperheroesWereIndian Sachin Tendulkar would be the best Batman in the world.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 13, 2015
Indian version of #FantasticFourJuly 13, 2015
Last year, Delhi-based digital artist, Raj Kamal, reimagined superheroes in India, and came up with some hilarious images: The Flash fit the role of a Mumbai dabbawala perfectly, while the Hulk was recreated as a Tam Brahm, and Spiderman gained a turban. Take a look at his colourful sketches here.