Occasionally, non-Indian SFF fans ask me if India has an equivalent tradition to the werewolf– stories of humans turning into animals (or animals into humans). I’m no expert, and traditions of the supernatural differ wildly across the country, so I usually say something vague about human-snake transformations and leave it at that. But now there’s this.
This was the front page of this Sunday’s HT City, and was brought to my attention by Aadisht.
It appears to be advertising a show called Shapath: Super Cops vs Super Villains (Monday to Friday, 9pm). The caption, in case it’s not clear enough, reads: “Kya zeheriley chipkali-manav ke atank ko rok payenge supercops?”*
I’m assuming the answer is yes, but I really, really want to find out.
*(“Can the terror of the lizard-man be stopped by the supercops?” Or, why I am not a translator.)