Did you know? Burka Avenger to be screened across 60 countries!

Published: August 5, 2013
Burka avenger. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Burka avenger. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Pakistan’s new cartoon superhero, who fights bad guys disguised in a flowing black burka, is set to go global, her creator told AFP, with plans afoot to broadcast the show in 60 countries.

The Urdu-language animation Burka Avenger, showing the adventures of a mild-mannered teacher who uses her superpowers to fight local gangsters trying to close down the girls’ school where she works, hit Pakistani TV screens last month.

The kids’ action-comedy struck a chord in a country where Taliban militants have prevented thousands of girls from going to school in the northwest and attacked activists campaigning for their education.

The man behind Burka Avenger, pop star Haroon Rashid, said he had been overwhelmed by the response. “The reception has been absolutely phenomenal, beyond our expectations,” he said. “We were making this little animated TV series for Pakistan but it seems like the whole world wants to know about the Burka Avenger.”

A TV distribution company in Europe has been in touch with a view to translating the show into 18 languages, including English and French, and screening it in 60 countries, Rashid said.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Mariam
    Aug 5, 2013 - 9:39PM

    Dear tribune subbers,
    a similar article has been published earlier today by the Web Desk.


  • PakPower
    Aug 5, 2013 - 9:49PM

    Wow, this is huge. Finally something good coming for us, Pakistanis.


  • Bilal Mirza
    Aug 5, 2013 - 9:54PM

    yeah, we already knew of this propaganda tool. To learn the importance of education, we need some silly cartoons. Looks like Islam does not guide us there. Or, we are are ignorant of Islam.


  • gp65
    Aug 6, 2013 - 1:51AM

    If this news is accurate, hearty congratulations to the team that created and marketed this cartoon.Recommend

  • optimist
    Aug 6, 2013 - 6:39AM

    What this tells us to be original…
    Copying Bollywood wouldn’t even have got us Delhi market, let alone 60 countries!


  • Parvez
    Aug 6, 2013 - 2:40PM

    Great stuff this……….it should cause people at both ends of the spectrum to think a little harder , plus the message being conveyed to children is positive.


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