Super Commando Dhruv:-
Super Commando Dhruv operates in the fictional Indian city of Rajnagar. He is the founder of a fictional government-approved crime-fighter organization Commando Force. The character’s appearance is distinctive and iconic: a yellow and sky blue costume, brown boots, and a utility belt with a star-shaped buckle. The star has almost become a trademark of the character.
The most unusual thing about Dhruva is that, unlike most other superheroes, he doesn’t have an alter ego and doesn’t hide his identity behind a mask. Another unique thing about him is that he doesn’t possess any superpowers; but he makes up for that with his intellect, detective skills, ability to talk to almost every kind of animals, scientific knowledge, martial art and acrobatic skills, unparalleled willpower, and a determination to eliminate evil from this world.
Dhruva became a very popular character soon after he was introduced. He is one of Raj Comics’ most successful characters. Over the years, Dhruva has acquired an iconic status in the Indian comic book superhero genre. Fans have often raised the demand to convert Dhruva into a Bollywood movie character.
Origin(Super Commando Dhruv):-
In the late 1980s, after the initial success of Nagraj, Raj Comics wanted another superhero for its titles. It was in this period that writer Anupam Sinha came up with the idea of Super Commando Dhruva.
Dhruva’s original design, as created by Sinha back in 1987, was an adolescent boy standing beside his bike wearing a yellow-blue trapeze artist costume, buttoned shirt collar, a black belt with star buckle, shoes (instead of boots), and with no gloves, mask, or cape, holding a helmet in his hand. The background of the image had a big star polygon and behind his left shoulder was a box containing “ध्रुव”. Sinha wanted Dhruva to wear a helmet, making him a biker hero, but later on many changes were incorporated to the character’s look, including the removal of the helmet.
Sinha wanted to break away from the cliché of superheroes with super-natural powers and alter egos. He wanted to create a superhero out of a normal adult human. Sinha, during the 2012 Indian Comic-Con festival, recalled: “Children see the world very differently, and there is a reason for it. Every person seems like a giant to them and people can do something that they cannot. Like taking out a jar of toffees from the cupboard. And the adult is thus a superhero because they can do something that the child cannot do.
Kids see every person as a superhero. They are heavily dependent on other people. Tell me, when do you move out of reading comics? When you are an independent human being. Fantasy does not interest you all that much. The psychology of being dependent, of ‘I must have a person along with me to protect me from any impending danger,’ is essentially a child’s psyche. That’s why I wrote this character Super Commando Dhruva.
Sinha’s first two characters Space Star and Private Detective Kapil didn’t become very popular but served as the early drafts for Super Commando Dhruva. The name Dhruva and the star symbol given to the character were inspired by Dhruva Taara (Hindi: ध्रुव तारा meaning Pole Star) which means someone who is determined, firm, and doesn’t succumb to rough circumstances.
Thus, Super Commando Dhruva was born: a normal adult with no supernatural power but a strong determination and will to fight against the odds much along the lines of Batman of DC Comics. Most fans feel that Dhruva’s character is a mix of Batman and Robin. On one hand, his crime-fighting style is very similar to that of Batman’s and, on the other hand, his origin resembles to that of Robin’s.
In spite of these similarities, there are a lot of differences as well, most notably being the fact that Dhruva doesn’t have an alter ego. Other similarities to the Batman series are, Dhruva does not kill anyone, and his girlfriend Natasha is the daughter of a major villain Grand Master Robo. Batman’s girlfriend Talia al Ghul is the daughter of Ra’s al Ghul.
When questioned about the comparisons between characters of the Raj Comics universe and DC/Marvel universe at the 2012 Indian Comic-Con Festival, Sanjay Gupta replied, “We had to devise a character from our own imagination that didn’t have anything to do with them (Superman and Batman). Because if we had kept in mind how powerful Superman and Batman are… We would’ve reacted to it and somehow allowed that to play a part in our creative process.
“Our first goal was to make a total Indian character. We didn’t want to copy. That wasn’t going on in our heads. But we were definitely inspired by them. We are still inspired by them. Even today we don’t copy… We are inspired by them. After all, everything has an origin.”