Real Name: Bantul
Occupation: Various odd jobs when money is short
Affiliations: 'Lambakarna'. (a small boy, who has a special power of hearing from a great distance.); an ostrich (by manipulating his wings Bantul flies)
Enemies: Terrorists, outlaws, smugglers in general.
Bachchu, Bichchu - two small boys who are criminally-minded; Bantul always try to prevent them from doing mischief, so they try to harm Bantul.
Known Relatives: One very old aunt. Bantul is brought up by her, and he still stays in her house, looking after her.
Aliases: Bantul the Great
Base of Operations: A small township at a remote corner of eastern India, sometimes other parts of India also.
First Appearance: 'Bantul The Great' Comic Strip in Magazine Shuktara, started 40 years ago.
Powers/Abilities: He has physical power beyond imagination. He can move big things by blowing air from his mouth; his body is so tough that bombs, bullets or knives cannot penetrate. In a few instances terrorists fired missiles at him, and he used them as football. Even his tiny hairs (he usually has a shaven head) are so tough that they act like thorns or nails, so if he touches a ball with his head, the ball bursts. He can fly by manipulating the wings of his favorite ostrich.
History: Bantul is a superhuman who tries to enjoy a leisurely life in a remote corner of eastern India, who comes to the rescue of good people and to enforce the law and punish criminals. He helped Indian Military and Police a few times to catch terrorists and smugglers. The rest of the time he spends reading books, cooking, fishing, roaming in jungles and mountains, or try to earn some money when he runs short of it. Most of the times he land up in a mess when trying to earn money, as he is never conscious of his great powers, so he does normal things abnormally and destroy everything! (For example, if he takes a job of lawn mowing, he will definitely break the lawn mower!). Despite all his abilities, he's by heart a small boy, and most of the time he forgets his powers and try to act like a normal man. This way he brings miseries to his friends also.
Comments: Created by Sri Narayan Debnath.
Check here for Bantul's stories. This site produces animated CDs and VCDs of the character.
Thanks to Prabal Chakravarty for providing both information and pictures of this character. Thanks to Biswaroop Ghosh for providing the names of Bachchu and Bichchu. Thanks to Priyanka Naskar for the name of his author and additional links.
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