One of India’s most popular animated kids’ shows is heading to Disney+ Hotstar.
The streaming platform commissioned 234 episodes of Cosmos-Maya‘s animated series Selfie with Bajrangi. The multiseason deal is for three seasons of 78 11-minute episodes for Disney+ Hotstar, which has 400 million viewers, 8 million paying subscribers, and additional library content from Disney+.
Selfie with Bajrangi airs daily on primetime slots of India’s Disney Channel and Disney Hungama. It is also the first Indian animated kids’ series to be featured on Star Plus, a general entertainment channel. The show’s launch on Disney+ Hotstar will coincide with the launch of Disney+ in India.
“Bajrangi has brought together Disney+ Hotstar and Cosmos-Maya for a multi-season contract and we couldn’t be more excited,” says Anish Mehta, CEO of Cosmos-Maya. “An unheard of 234 half-hours of the show spread across three seasons will be aired on Disney+ Hotstar, with season 2 already live on the platform. This is the first highly popular kids’ domestic series that they have onboarded with a two-year vision to further increase its popularity. Selfie With Bajrangi has the ability to speak to audiences with its novel, yet relatable storytelling. It brings to the fore a very important message: that friendships built in the face of adversity last a lifetime.”
Selfie With Bajrangi is modeled on kids’ day-to-day lives and captures the nuances of Indian culture with relatable storylines. In the show, the protagonist Ankush’s life changes when he meets Bajrangi, the nine-year-old child version of the Indian God Hanuman in a contemporary setting, who no one but Ankush can see. Bajrangi accompanies Ankush everywhere and helps his buddy with his day to day problems.