ZEE Network India has grabbed the rights to broadcast the popular Pakistani children’s series, ‘Burka Avenger’.
The Emmy-nominated ‘Burka Avenger’ series started in Pakistan on Geo TV in August 2013 and has since launched in Afghanistan, winning global accolades including the Peabody Award, International Gender Equity Prize and Asian Media Award.
Its main protagonist, a teacher called Jiya ��� who tackles everything from the ban on girls going to school, to child labour to environmental degradation ��� was named as one of the most influential fictional characters of 2013 by Time magazine.
The series�۪ creator and director Haroon Rashid said ‘Burka Avenger’ would launch in India in April with the ZEE Network and will be broadcast in four languages ��� Hindi, English, Tamil and Telegu.
Confirming the news, Rashid said, ���It is launching on the ZeeQ channel which is a children�۪s edutainment channel so it is the perfect fit for ��Burka Avenger�۪. We are rolling out a worldwide launch for the ��Burka Avenger�۪ series this year so it is fantastic that one of the first territories is India where we are able to reach such a large audience.�
Aparna Bhosle, deputy business head of ZeeQ, said each of the 13 episodes in the first series gives a positive message with fun, action and comedy, ensuring that ���it does not come across as preachy�.
��ω�Burka Avenger�۪ is an amazing show ��� both in terms of quality of animation as well as storytelling. We are always on the lookout for shows with themes that are relevant to Indian children and we are very fortunate that we have this show,� said Bhosle.
Crimes against women and girls such as child marriage, domestic violence, so-called ���honour killings� and trafficking are widespread in the South Asia region.