In a bid to expand its homegrown kids content, Indian streaming platform Disney+ Hotstar has acquired the SVOD rights to animated series Dabangg from Cosmos-Maya and Arbaaz Khan Productions.
Based on a live-action Bollywood film franchise, the first season of the action-comedy (52 x 30 minutes) will launch on the platform in summer 2021. A second season, already in the can, will follow later on. The family-friendly series revolves around the day-to-day adventures of a police officer and his friends, who fight evil but always have time to crack jokes.
This deal with Disney+ Hotstar comes only a few months after the studio first announced the new adaptation. The Dabangg franchise spans three live-action films, which were produced by Arbaaz Khan Productions and have grossed more than US$92 million worldwide, according to Cosmos-Maya.
Dabangg will pave the way for the studio to give other Bollywood franchises an animated spin, said Cosmos- Maya CEO Anish Mehta in a statement.
This isn’t the first deal the company has inked with Disney. In April, Disney+ Hotstar picked up three new seasons (78 x 11 minutes each) of comedy series Selfie with Bajrangi. And on the linear front, Disney India acquired Cosmo-Maya’s 52 x half-hour shows Guddu, Bapu and Gadget Guru Ganesha.
Disney took over SVOD Hotstar when it completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox in March 2019. It merged the streamer with Disney+ in April to leverage more than 300 million active users in India.