I remember watching Captain America: Civil War with a friend of mine, when the scene where Steve Rogers stops Bucky's helicopter came.
"Oh man, look at those biceps! Shit!" exclaimed my friend, wide-eyed.
Agreed. Chris Evans did look like he was fully capable of pulling off a stunt like that in real life as well.
I mean, just look at him.
"But even Doga can do that," I said.
And even in the dark cinema hall, I could clearly see her bewilderment. "Doga who?" she asked.
I won't lie but a part of the fanboy in me died.
I mean it was Doga we were talking about. A 6 feet 5 inches tall killing machine who had, unlike Captain America, actually built those muscles by sweating it out in the gym.
With the blessings of Shri Shri Alok Nath, while growing up, even our superheroes were super sanskari.
Be it Chacha Chaudhary, Nagraj, Super Commando Dhruv or Parmanu. They were all bound by a sense of duty that restricted their impact on us readers.
But not Doga. You see, Doga was an exception.
Patrolling the lanes of Mumbai, Doga had just one rule.
Kill the criminals and the crime rate will automatically come down. Now this was an ideology not many people, not even the fellow superheroes subscribed to. But to us kids back then, it sounded like the most badass thing ever.
To a country reeling with delayed justice, a country witnessing increasing crime rates, a country bridled with corruption, Doga was a vent of sorts.
A man who'd been wronged himself but had now taken up the Herculean task of cleaning up the Mumbai streets all by himself.
Armed with nothing but those rippling biceps, a plethora of awesome guns and some serious martial arts skills.
And of course, those sensational titles helped.
Doga was as brutal as it can get. There was violence on every single page and we kids loved every panel of it. He appealed to our inner anger as he went about making the lives of the scum of society hell.
What we kids liked was the fact that he was a self made superhero. He hadn't been bitten by a spider, he wasn't a product of a serum, he wasn't from a different planet.
He was an ordinary man determined to make a change. And he didn't give a flying fuck to the price it came at.
Please Bollywood, make a movie on him already!