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Ranveer Singh roots for a homegrown Indian superhero

The Indian actor, who has dubbed for the Hindi version of Deadpool 2, feels that VFX has improved in India and the nation is ready to make a big superhero film franchise.

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Mayur Lookhar

If you decide to catch Deadpool 2 in Hindi this week, you will hear the familiar voice of actor Ranveer Singh. Singh has been pretty excited about lending his voice for a franchise he has admired. Deadpool 2 is out in theatres today.

Indian fans have given a huge thumbs up to Singh being the voice of Deadpool, originally played by Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds. Singh was asked whether he would be interested in playing a character in the next Deadpool film.

"Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a big-ticket, tent-pole Hollywood superhero franchise? Sure, if there is an interesting character — why not? I always maintain never say never," Singh told The Indian Express, adding that he was more keen on having an Indian superhero franchise.

"What I am most interested in is to see where the next Indian superhero is going to come from. I don’t think we are very far from seeing a big-ticket Indian superhero in a big screen bonanza feature film that can be turned into a franchise or whatnot. We do have some home-grown superheroes. I have, for a while, been in a conversation and exploring this unique opportunity to present an Indian superhero. While Deadpool 2 was a gig I did for fun, what I am serious about is the growth and development of the superhero genre out of India," he said.

The success of Marvel franchise films and other Hollywood superheroes has often led to demands for India to have high quality, content and action-driven superhero flicks of our own. Singh is keen on it, but what are the reasons that stop it from happening?

“Visual capabilities are so strong there and of course, our audience has access to all those films. So there is a certain standard you need to match. So if you’re making a film on an Indian superhero that is made in India, the visual effects have to be just as good,” said the Padmaavat (2018) actor.

Singh feels that VFX in India is improving too. "I can proudly say that VFX has reached a stage in India where you can make an Indian superhero film that can be, you know, at a world-class level. I think we have the stories and we have the characters. We are very rich in that context. It is just around the corner and I am hoping to be a part of that spawning of that culture."

Singh will next be seen in Rohit Shetty’s Simmba that will be released during Christmas.