The west is known for adapting their films from popular animation series, but Rakesh Roshan plans on reversing the trend in India. The filmmaker has joined hands with Cartoon Network to make his popular film franchise, Krrish (2006) into four animation films that will be aired this year.
Rakesh says, “Cartoon Network, my production house Film Kraft Productions and Toonz Animation will come together to create these four movies.” The films are not remakes of the original, but will be spin-offs that revolve around the life of an 11-year-old Krrish. “They will show Krrish discovering his powers and he will be seen with his mom, dad and granny, and even Jaadu. We wanted to keep all the characters from the films in this series,” explains Rakesh.
The filmmaker is excited about the cartoon series, which will be titled Kid Krrish. “It will revive people’s memories of the films and also introduce Krrish to the kids who haven’t seen him yet. The first film will air on July 14,” says the director.
Krrish was Bollywood’s first superhero and Rakesh wanted to create a buzz about his upcoming film Krrish 3 which releases around Diwali.
“I approached the channel way before we began work on Krrish 3. They were excited about the idea. And I too wanted to extend my franchise and Krrish as a brand.
It is very popular among the Indian diaspora and even kids in India. We are also looking at comic books, online gaming and augmented digital platforms where people can explore what it feels like to be like Krrish or Karl, the villain in Krrish 3.”