Inked and Proud

With 50 cartoons, Irfan Khan gets the common man interested in voting.

Written by Nikita Puri | Updated: April 14, 2014 11:39:08 pm
One of Irfan Khan’s exhibits. One of Irfan Khan’s exhibits.

As inked fingers become the new profile pictures on networking sites across the country, cartoonist Irfan Khan has underlined its significance through 50 cartoons. The Delhi-based artist has been working on a voter awareness campaign, which are a part of his 10th solo show titled “Vote Kiya Jaaye!”

His simple forms, free of any political bias or leanings, get their primary source of nutrients from ad jingles and one-liners from Bollywood films, and come as juicy accompaniments to the plate. For instance, Khan reiterates the point “daag acche hai” through his animated characters holding up inked fingers. In another cartoon, he tells voters “pehle vishwas kare, phir isthemal kare,”twisting a popular washing detergent’s catch line. Through another drawing, he reminds people that though they may not have roads, electricity or water, they still have a vote. Bollywood’s influence comes across in a piece where his character asks, “Ek vote ki kimat tum bhi jaano Ramesh babu” — a line from Om Shanti Om.

Khan is currently working on ‘Save the Girl Child’ project with the Haryana government, after wrapping up a project for the Madhya Pradesh government. With thoughtful yet uncomplicated drawings, Khan hits the nail on its head, and drives it well into the wall of a conscious mind.
The cartoons are on display at Lalit Kala Akademi (Gallery No. 4), Copernicus Marg, till April 19.

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