Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Fifth Beatle by: Vivek J. Tiwary

Image source. Cover by: Andrew C. Robinson

Intrigued by the lost humanity of Brian Epstein, the man who was namely responsible for discovering and managing legendary band, The Beatles, Vivek J. Tiwary began a 21 year research journey to resurrecting the infamous character of Epstein, which lead to the creation of the upcoming graphic novel and film, The Fifth Beatle

Tiwary, the man responsible for such a fascinating piece of work, is what I would refer to as a world class visionaries. Not only was this a well calculated business move, it also caters to human rights. During the late 50's/early 60's, it was pretty much unheard of for a homosexual, Jewish man to walk around, strangely proclaiming (believing in) about some underground band people had never heard play before, even more so that their success would trump that of Elvis. The story of Brian Epstein is an exploration beyond the facts that aims to also unveil the struggles and victories of the man himself. Although society is a lot more diverse and accepting that it was back in that time, the reality of Brian Epstein himself is still a little bizarre. With gay rights still being a relevant cultural topic of discussion, the the cultural significance stands out even more and makes for a plot that is not only quite interesting, but one that people will be able to relate to in generations to come.

An Indian American attending undergrad at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business with ambitions to enter the entertainment industry was practically a sin, which further explains his infatuation with Epstein. Despite the setbacks he must have faced, Vivek Tiwary was vastly determined to break the mold of what was expected of him and dive head first into entrepreneurship and entertainment, starting with Broadway. From transforming stage play A Raisin in the Sun into a hip-hopera against naysayers who weren't interested in including African Americans on Broadway to boldly re-creating this history he is constantly surpassing insane barriers to continue to promote the love and peace movement by supporting minority groups across the board. 

In a recent interview in the summer 2014 issue of Wharton Magazine, he tells journalist, Paul Richards:
"I felt incredibly inspired by that sense of pursuing a dream that's outside of what people of your ethnicity are steered toward"
This quote caught my attention, mainly because of the connection I felt to that statement. I love when people have the courage to step outside of their cultural norms to do something as daring as what Tiwary is attempting to do with this project.  As someone who is going into a field that is not particularly common, I draw inspiration from people like this as well.   

With marks of approval from Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and Yoko Ono (the long-term love interest of John Lennon, for those of you who are unfamiliar) and having secured rights to Beatles' music, shooting for the 9 year film venture is scheduled to begin some time in 2015. I am anticipating the book, which I've already pre-ordered on , and the movie, release date TBA. 

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