Meet Chota Jatt, the Pakistani superhero

Published: January 14, 2012

My goal while making Chota Jatt was to provide the children of Pakistan with a character they could relate to. I wanted to give them a role model.

Inspired by Lollywood movies from the 70s and Japanese Anime, Chota Jatt tells the story of the legend behind the man who inspired an entire movie genre (Maula Jatt), and highlights Pakistan’s rich culture. The character Chota Jatt uses his strength to fight for justice and to battle against corruption. The series will be high octane, action packed and hilarious.

Currently, in Pakistan there is very little programming done for children, particularly those from the ages of 12-16. With the Chota Jatt pilot I want to prove that there is an appetite for an anime series in Pakistan. It is something that has never been done before, but it is something that is much needed for our youth. Growing up watching cartoons like superman, I always found myself thinking when faced with a moral predicament:

“What would Superman do in such a situation?”

I hope that with Chota Jatt, I can get Pakistani children to think:

“What would Chota Jatt do in such a situation?”


Daniyal Noorani

Currently doing business development for a biotech company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In his spare time he writes and plays music. His first single, Find Heaven, addresses radicalization and Taliban militancy and has been shown in a number of film festivals, most recently the London Independent Film Festival. He tweets at @daniyalnoorani

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Yousuf Ali Badshah

    This is great to see the Animation of a Pakistani Anime. The Martial Arts gig was good by the Chotta Jutt. My best wishes to Daniyal Noorani. If there is anything or any story plotting I am available for the productions.Recommend

  • bigsaf

    Pretty good. Needs more work. Hope it gets picked up by TV channels and receives a strong fan following.Recommend

  • Madiha R.

    Good job! All the best :)Recommend

  • R.N.Kiani

    Its a good Work, But honestly the flow of media now days is so overwhelming that one can’t get the right thing in right time. We really need a good cartoon character from media side to protect the minds of our children from this baffled situation of the country. Launch this character in such a way that Children from all the social classes will embrace it.. Bst Of Luck Recommend

  • http://NewYork Falcon

    First of all a brilliant idea. A locally embedded ideal like this will bring the society better long-term results than a mysterious superman that our children find difficult to relate to. Please keep it up. We need more people like you.Recommend

  • Hu Jintao

    I am seeing great new comers in this side as well. Like comic and anime
    Definitely great jobRecommend

  • Parvez

    Good attempt.
    What one realises is that writing and creating stuff for children is a certainly not childs play. Recommend

  • Yousuf Ali Badshah

    @bigsaf. Let me tell you something about the Chotta Jutt. Mr. Noorani have approached to some of the TV Channels, but he didn’t got a positive response from the sectors. All is this that, Noorani is doing by himself with some of his friends and some of the private sectors who are coming up with Comics and Animation productions. Therefore, he came with the idea of webisodes. Best of Luck to Daniyal NooraniRecommend

  • Wasio Ali Khan Abbasi

    Great work guys. I am a fan of Japanese Anime and followed quite a few series religiously. I have been thinking about a project myself but it’s good to know that you have started this all on your own. Good luck to you all, seriously :)Recommend

  • bigsaf

    @Yousuf Ali Badshah:

    Therefore, he came with the idea of webisodes.

    A good direction to go. Unfortunate the channels weren’t going to put effort into it but this might be an opportunity unto itself.

    Hopefully some marketing at online Pak blogs and TV links channels, with a direct-link to a youtube channel, or putting it up on iTunes for download, or an app (wonder if the child laptop program exists in Pak?), may help give it the exposure it needs before eventually being picked up for a regular series on TV channels which may reach a mass audience of rural kids too hopefully.

    Best of luck to Mr. Noorani and his team. Recommend

  • ambereen saadat

    well done……..i wrote a blog about the exact same sitauation that we need our very own superheros…..glad you are already working on it….great work….:) i will post u my blog anyways…i am ambereen, a lahore based dentist…not a writer :)Recommend

  • wasim saqib

    Daniyal the concept and animation are good but the script and dubbing needs improvement. Hope you won’t mind the suggestion.Recommend