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Mukul Deora’s Lava Media acquires rights of bestselling children’s book series Gajapati Kulapati

Lava Media has acquired the rights to bestselling children’s book series ‘Gajapati Kulapati’ and is building an immersive world of animation, toys, games and apps based on the beloved elephant.

Winner of the Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW) Award, Gajapati Kulapati is a publishing phenomenon and a perennial bestseller in 9 languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu. Written by Ashok Rajagopalan, this story of a funny, kind-hearted elephant has become one of India’s best-known original characters.

The White Tiger, featuring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Rajkummar Rao, and Adarsh Gourav, was a global sensation, reaching number one on Netflix in over 60 countries. Produced by Mukul Deora and Lava Media, the film has been viewed by over 27 million households worldwide.

Lava is developing the series with BAFTA and Emmy-nominated writer Sam Barlow, known for his work on such iconic children’s properties as Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends and Lily’s Driftwood Bay.

The past few years have seen a spate of high profile children’s IP acquisitions worldwide, with Netflix reportedly paying $1 billion for Roald Dahl’s works, and Peppa Pig/eOne being acquired by Hasbro for $4 billion.

Mukul Deora, Founder and CEO, Lava Media says, “The White Tiger reinforced our belief that a compelling story can resonate around the world. Ashok’s books have captivated children everywhere, and we are thrilled and honoured to bring Gajapati to life on the screen. We are also building a safe digital playground for children to play and learn in.”

Ashok Rajagopalan, the Author, says, “Given Mukul’s vision for his adaptation of The White Tiger, I’m confident Gajapati Kulapati will be a visual treat for the young ones. Really excited for the journey ahead.”