The latest buzz suggests that the makers of “Burka Avenger,” a Pakistani superheroine animated series, has been approached by an Indian production house for buying the rights of the animated version, to be made into a feature film. Aaron Haroon Rashid, creator of “Burka Avenger,” confirmed Aug. 17, “I have been approached by a few Indian film companies enquiring about the live action feature film rights to ‘Burka Avenger.’”
The story is a tale of a Pakistani teacher, named Jiya, who takes the disguise of a woman clad in a burqa, to avenge the wrong done by men. “The idea of Burka Avenger was that the main protagonist, a teacher, fights to prevent a girls’ school from shutting down, which incidentally was taken from a real-life incident in Pakistan. After I created the character, I realized that a full length movie might be too large an undertaking, so we made a game version of it in 2011. Later, we made an animated TV show which was completed in June 2012,” says Haroon.
“If we do it in India and use a Bollywood actress, it would be someone who could play a strong woman and who is physically fit too, maybe Priyanka Chopra or Katrina Kaif,” said Haroon.
Why a burka for the super heroine? “I chose the burka because I wanted a locally relatable flavor and I didn’t want to objectify our superhero the way a lot of female superheroes in the West are objectified and sexualized through their costumes, like Catwoman and Wonder Woman. It’s not about how she looks or what she’s wearing, it’s about what she is doing,” he explained.