Chhota Bheem gets Netflixed: A brain drain of Indian cartoon characters?

Devansh Sharma

Oct,16 2017 17:05 45 IST

(Editor's note: Sarcasm alert)

It's time we stand up for our Indian culture and not allow Netflix to play not-so-Sacred Games with our desi cartoon characters.

Chhota Bheem. YouTube

Chhota Bheem. YouTube

Netflix has announced its first original animated series from India titled Mighty Little Bheem. While it has gone on record to say that the series will be based on Chhota Bheem, the true blue original show has been given a short stride.

It is as unfair as Stevie Wonders plagiarising 'Mujhe Pyaar Hua' from Sooraj Barjatya's super-sanskari rom-com Maine Pyar Kiya. How dare these Western forces turn our haldi ka doodh into turmeric latte?

If this involuntary brain drain enrages you as much as it does us, let's stand up today. If not for the sake of Indian culture, let's stand up for its broadcast partner Pogo. That channel, along with its firangi counterpart Cartoon Network, is credited with inculcating Indian morals and value among kids through enlightening shows like Chhota Bheem, Tenali Raman, Dora The Explorer and Shaktiman.

How many of our indigenous characters are these American plunderers going to bank on? What next? Are they going to make our very own Hanu-Man a part of Justice League? We shall not let this happen.

Haven't we proved that we do all this better than they do? What is Takeshi's Castle without Javed Jaffery's commentary? Or Captain America without Varun Dhawan's Bhojpuri dubbing?

The fact is Chhota Bheem may get 'mightier' on Netflix but even when he grows up, he will look fondly look at his Pogo days as the time when he proudly showed Hercules his place.