Aruna is a fictional supeheroine published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Batgirl Annual # 1 (August 2000), and was created by Scott Peterson and Mike Deodato.
Fictional character biography Edit
After a young Indian actor is kidnapped from the streets of Gotham City, Batgirl and Batman travel to Mumbai, India, home of Bollywood, to solve the mystery of his abduction. The duo come into conflict with Aruna, a metahuman stuntwoman who is also looking for the boy.
According to Aruna, her shape-shifting powers manifested when she was very young. Because of this her parents were never sure of her true gender. Her family were treated as Dalit (untouchables) the lowest rung of the ancient varnas class structure still predominant in India. She was orphaned while still very young, when her parents were abducted by two unknown men. She adopted the name Aruna (after Aruna, a male "Charioteer of the Sun" in Hindu mythology), and eventually became one of the top stunt persons in India due to her shape-shifting abilities. After working briefly with Batman and Batgirl, she decides to use her powers to fight for justice and stamp out intolerance.
Powers and abilities Edit
Aruna is a metahuman who can change her physical shape and appearance at will, but not her mass. She is also trained in the martial arts. Aruna uses these abilities to work as a stunt double.
- DCU Guide: Aruna
- DCU Guide: Batgirl Annual #1
- WORG: Aruna profile
- Bollywood.com: The unsung heroes of Bollywood
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