In September this year, the Times of India released a graphic novel called Agent Rana that would be published in the print edition of the newspaper. It is a spy thriller that seems to be loosely modelled on James Bond (forgetting that it was originally written in 1953 and is currently redundant AF). The comic, that circled around manliest man Agent Rana, a “seductive, treacherous starlet” called Husna, and a reporter called Alia, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, and has even led to a 21st century version of the Dandi March, that is, a Change.org petition. What was the hullabaloo about? Well, it mainly stemmed from parents who did not want their kids to read what was deemed as the “sexually explicit content” in the comics. Mmm, sexually explicit content.
Bet most readers immediately left this page and frantically typed in “AGENT RANA SEX” into Google while simultaneously unzipping their pants. We are a pretty sexually frustrated country, after all. I did something pretty similar (without the pant unzipping – this was all for research purposes, after all) when I started writing this piece. The more comic panels of Agent Rana I looked at, the more I couldn’t control involuntary snorts of laughter.
To give you guys a sneak peek, here are some choice lines from the graphic novel that people have had a problem with