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Super V first impression: Virat Kohli’s kid-friendly avatar is all superhero, less cricketer

The theme and animation of the series could appeal to younger children. But older children - especially those around Kohli's age in the series - may be put off by the absence of the Indian captain's cricketing adventures.

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Super V is said to be inspired by Kohli’s childhood (Screengrabs)

One of India’s most successful cricketers, Virat Kohli’s latest avatar is Super V, an animated series loosely based on him and the first episode of the series released on Tuesday to coincide with his birthday. The series clearly seems to be directed at younger children and teenagers given Kohli is 15-years-old in the series.

Super V is said to be inspired by Kohli’s childhood, and the first episode speaks about his relationship with his parents, especially his father, who seems to be strict and objects to the cricketer’s antics. Also shown are his relationships with his younger sister, friends, and teachers. At the end of the episode, Kohli turns up to try and connect the events in the episode and imparts some life lessons for the audience.

The first 22-minute episode offers a peep into the rest of the series, in which a 15-year-old cricket prodigy discovers his superpowers and goes on to fight some of the biggest super villains to save the world. However, the first episode spends more time showing how the villains are growing and how a 15-year-old will take them on. The focus seems to be on establishing Kohli as a superhero, with little mention of his cricketing prowess.

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Given the access children already have to top-class animated series online, Super V won’t have it easy. (Screengrabs)

The first episode does seem to get its depiction of life in Delhi right. From the typical Punjabi family setting to the portrayal of DTC buses and police stations, the makers seem to have toiled to ensure it reflects the real world. There’s also a lot about Kohli’s grandfather, a family member the cricketer has hardly spoken about in public.

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The theme and animation of the series could appeal to younger children. But older children – especially those around Kohli’s age in the series – may be put off by the absence of the Indian captain’s cricketing adventures. Given the access children already have to top-class animated series online, Super V won’t have it easy.

Super V will air on Star Plus, Star Sports, Disney, and Marvel HQ and is also available online on Hotstar.

Watch the trailer: