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Roll No 21

Roll No 21
Show's title card
Genre Comedy, Action
Written by Divya Chandel
Nidhi Aanand
Kaushik Chawla
Richa Deo
Alok Sharma
Swapnil Narendra
Directed by Aah Long
Uttam Pal Singh
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 7 Premiers-7 November 2014[1]
Running time 11+11 minutes
Production company(s) Animasia Studio
Original channel Cartoon Network India
Picture format 16:9
Original run November 14, 2010 – Present

Roll No. 21 (or Roll Number 21) is an award winning Indian animated series airing on Cartoon Network India. It first premiered on November 14, 2010. The series is a modern take on Krishna and Kansa's rivalry. In this version, Kansa has re-incarnated as Principal Kanishk, the principal of Mathura Anath Ashram (Mathura Orphanage and School) where he is cooking his evil plans to take over Mathura and then the rest of the world. He is supported by his various minions and demons.
The series is known for its visually appealing animation and witty storyline. Also the series takes place in a fictional school and so it supposedly connects with kids of same age. Thus, making it really popular among Indian kids.
In this series, as Kanishk hatches plans to take over the world, he is also joined by an incarnation of Lord Krishna who appears in the school as Kris, a little boy who is a student in the orphanage. And so in each story, we see Kanishk coming up with an evil plan while Kris will do anything to stop him.

Roll No 21 bagged maximum numbers of awards (3 awards) in the Cartoon Network Super Toons Award 2013.[2] A special Republic Day episode aired on Cartoon Network on January 26, 2014.[1]. So far, 2 Roll No 21 movies have been made for TV.

  • Roll No 21 and the Quest for Swarnamani[2]
  • Roll No 21 -Space Mein Dhoom Dhadaka[3] (15 January 2014)
  • "Roll No 21 -Time Ki Bhool Bhulaiya" (14 November 2014)[3][1]

The animation is done by Animasia Studio (Malaysia). The show has got a rating of 6.9/10 on IMDB.[4]


  • Plot 1
  • Characters 2
  • References 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


Kansa has reincarnated on earth to take over the world again and this time he has become Kanishk; the smooth talking principal of Mathura Anaath Ashram. But before he could make the world dance to his tune, he has to win complete obedience of his school and its kids. However, Kris' presence makes it difficult for him because Kris keeps the goodness in all the children alive.

In order to get rid of Kris, Kanishk keeps calling various monsters and demons from Paataal Lok (the Netherworld) to fight and beat Kris but using his wit and mystical powers, Kris keeps defeating all the demons.

Sometimes, Kanishk even tries himself and uses human psychology in an effort to get to the childish side of little Kris, but all his attempts fail as Kris with his friends overcome all the obstacles Kanishk creates for them.

The series also shows Kris dealing with issues of a regular child going to school.


The show has following main characters:

Kris: Kris is a godly child, an incarnation of Lord Krishna who has appeared in Mathura Anath Ashram to stop Kanishk and his evil plans. Kris stays as a normal student in the school but secretly changes into Krishna, the divine boy with mystical powers whenever it is needed.

Although, Kris is a godly child, he still shows child like traits such as liking towards playing, disliking studies and homework and enjoying playtime with his friends . His skin colour is blue (like Lord Krishna) in this series.

Kanishk: Kanishk is the incarnation of Kamsa and he is the principal of Mathura Anath Ashram. He initially came back on earth to take over the world but Krishna's appearance is kind of 'delaying' his whole plan. He keeps coming with a new 'Get Kris' plan in each story so that he could get Kris out of his way and continue to take over the world. But since defeating Kris is not that easy, and he also has to manage the whole school and its duties, Kanishk keeps summoning various demons for the Patala to fight Kris. Although, Kanishk keeps himself busy in coming up with a brilliant plan to defeat Kris but he is also very concerned about the performance of his school and its result. He is nagging with his staff to get the kids' performance up all the time.

Doctor J.: Doctor J or Dr. J or (simply) J (as Kanishk calls him) is Kanishk's most loyal minion. He is a dentist and stays by Kanishk all the time. J is actually reincartation of Jarasandh. He is the one who keeps coming with new ideas all the time to get rid of Kris but unfortunately all his ideas backfire on him and Kanishk. Besides being a dentist, J is also a scientist who keeps inventing various machines, devices and traps mostly used to tackle Kris. However, being as loyal he could be, he sometimes desires to be the principal of the school and kick Kanishk out because Kanishk keeps whacking and humiliating him.

Radha:(Pinky in later series) Radha(Pinky) is Kris' classmate and a student of Mathura Anath Ashram. She is one of the best friends that Kris has and worries about Kris, her friends and the school. She seems to be an activist who keeps coming up with different initiatives for the betterment of the school and its students. She is also a brainiac who is good with studies.

Sudama:(Babloo in later series ) Sudama(Babloo) is Kris' best friend. He stays with Kris most of the time and backs Kris and his ideas when confronted by Radha(Pinky). He is an average student but really good with sports.

Madhu: Madhu is the brain of the group. Among all the friends Kris has, Madhu is the smartest one. He keeps coming up with many innovative ideas of gadgets and devices, useful for kids. He is probably the smartest student of the school.

Golu: Golu is the bully of Mathura Anath Ashram. His only job and recreation is to mess with the kids (especially Madhu) and to take their stuff by force. He is often confronted by Kris and friends. Many times, Golu is let in by Kanishk and J in their plan to get back at Kris. Golu happily participates in Kanishk's plans as he like getting an opportunity to get even with Kris and Kanishk also manages to get Golu's grades a little high.

Naarad:(sukhi in all the series) Naarad is an reincarnation of Muni Narada in the school. He is in the school to report everything to the Gods. He owns a Phonebooth outside the school, where he has a divine phone which connects straight to heaven where he reports the gods about how Kris is doing. He knows Kris' secret and helps him often with letting him know of Kanishk's evil plans.

Taarak: Taarak, an incarnation of Tarakasur, is Kanishk's cousin who is there in the school as a maths teacher. He is more of a 'Yes Sir' character who keeps nodding to all of Kanishk's plans to get back at Kris (doesn't matter how ridiculous they are). He sometimes is shown wishing if Kanishk could let him be a fit free as he is constantly nagged by Kanishk to take more and more extra classes.

Suparna: Miss Suparna is the chemistry teacher of the school. She is the reincarnation of Pootna. She is really fond of her make up and is a laid back but strict teacher.

Prashanth is a student in Mathura aanaadth aashram. He is some what good in studies but very good at sports,gym and dancing.

Balu is the elder brother of Kris. In his first scene in the show, he is seen keeping a public eye on Kris. He is the incarnation of Balarama


  1. ^ a b "New Movie and Season of Roll No 21 Premier". 2014. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "CN Super Toons Awards 2013- Roll No 21 bags max awards". January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Upcoming season of Roll No 21". 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Roll No 21 on IMDb". IMBd. May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

Minisite on Cartoon Network India.


  1. ^ For more information, see Cartoon Network (India) channel or its website
  2. ^ For more information, see Cartoon Network (India) channel or its website
  3. ^ For more information, see Cartoon Network (India) channel or its website

External links

  • Official preview of the show
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