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`Burka Avenger` to fight for Pakistani girls` schools

Last Updated: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 11:41

Islamabad: Move over Wonder Woman, Catwoman and Supergirl. Female cartoon superhero Burka Avenger is set to debut on Pakistani television to fight for the rights of girls.

Unlike other superheros we know of, Burka Avenger will use books and pens against bad guys trying to shut the girls` school where she works.
While she is a gentle, compassionate school teacher by day, she fights school-hating baddies at night.

Burka Avenger is an action-comedy animated TV series that follows the adventures of the superhero and three young kids in the imaginary city of Halwapur as they fight the evil Baba Bandook and his henchmen.
Separated from her parents at a young age, Jiya was adopted by a wise old Kabbadi master, Kabaddi Jan.

He took her under his wing and taught her the art of Takht Kabaddi, a new style of fighting where books and pens are primarily used as weapons in conjunction with karate moves.

To the locals, she is known simply as the demure school teacher but whenever evil is afoot, she takes on her alter identity, Burka Avenger, and uses Takht Kabaddi to defeat her enemies.

When not garbed as her alter ego, Jiya does not wear a burka or even a headscarf. Even in her burka, she looks more like a ninja fighter.

The villain of the show is the Mayor of Halwapur, Vadeo Pajero. He rules with an iron fist and often partners with Baba Bandook to accomplish his evil projects.
He is cunning and crafty and can be quite persuasive when he wants to be, says the website for the venture.

The animated series is the brain child of Pakistani pop singer Aaron Haroon Rashid, who earlier set out to develop an iPhone game app with the same name last year.

The video clips from the animated series have gone viral on social media even before any official promotional work has been done by Unicorn Black, Rashid`s production house.


First Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 11:36

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