Su­nil Me­hta


Tehelka - - FICTION -

‘In the ’70s, when var­i­ous gen­res were be­ing ex­plored, de­tec­tive and pulp fic­tion came into ex­is­tence. Writ­ers Suhas Shri­valkar, Gu­runath Naik and Babu­rao Ar­nalkar were pop­u­lar (Naik and Ar­nalkar wrote over a 1,000 nov­els). Ar­nalkar’s were mostly based on the Perry Ma­son nov­els. Even other de­tec­tive char­ac­ters were west­ern­ised — they wore hats in In­dia. But peo­ple read them. Af­ter the mid-’90s, how­ever, the in­dus­try col­lapsed, as peo­ple’s en­ter­tain­ment came from tele­vi­sion.’

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