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Animal Planet introduces ‘Jungle Talkies’ for film buffs

MUMBAI: Animal Planet is set to launch ‘Jungle Talkies’, a new franchise featuring the best of blue-chip documentaries and documentary films from around the world.

This will air on the last Fridays of the month at 8 pm.

‘Jungle Talkies’ will bring a selection of films that will explore a wide range of topics. It will provide a unique lens on the animal kingdom.

Premiering this month on 27 January, ‘Jungle Talkies’ will present ‘African Cats’, a true story set against the backdrop of one of the wildest places on Earth.

‘African Cats’ is a film that captures the real-life love, humour and determination of the majestic kings of the savanna. Narrated by American actor and producer Samuel L. Jackson, the story focuses on Sita, a mother cheetah with five cubs, and Mara, a lion cub whose parents, Layla and Fang, are the aging rulers of their pride. As a single mother, it falls to Sita alone to ensure the survival of her progeny, while Mara faces a more immediate threat: if another lion topples Fang, Mara and her siblings will be killed or driven off.

Introducing the new franchise ‘Jungle Talkies’, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific VP – Real World Entertainment Sameer Rao said, “Animal Planet offers addictive wildlife content and enjoys high stickiness amongst its viewers. Jungle Talkies is an endeavor to showcase world-class documentaries that epitomize the very essence of Animal Planet’s DNA – great storytelling, incredible drama, great characters and powerful images. The drama and emotion evoked is aptly characteristic of what millennials look for on the small screen.”

Filmed over two-and-a-half years in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, the nature documentary features the story of Mara, an endearing lion cub who strives to grow up with her mother’s strength, sprit, and wisdom; Sita, a brave cheetah and single mother of five newborn cubs who’s trying to make a home in the wildest place on Earth; Kali, a lion once banished from his pride who returns with his sons to reclaim his home; and Fang, a proud leader of the pride who must defend his family from a rival lion and his sons.

‘African Cats’ is about the bonds of family. Despite the challenges of life on the savanna, the mothers and daughters, fathers and brothers all find a way to come together. After marking its debut in theatres, the adventure blending family intimacy with the power and cunning of the wild, makes its television premiere on 27 January at 8 pm.