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  • MONKEY THIEVES

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Revered as descendents of the Hindu monkey God, the rhesus macaques of Jaipur, India, enjoy a highly privileged status. But, when monsoon rains are delayed by weeks, the monkeys must abandon their cushy lifestyle in a beautiful Hindu Temple for the streets of Jaipur.

While a maze of back streets and rooftop labyrinths make Jaipur the ultimate urban jungle, cars, electric wires and one determined monkey catcher make this a dangerous place for the 60-member Galta gang.

In this new 13-part series, the Galta gang ventures outside their peaceful temple lifestyle into the hectic streets of one of the fastest growing cities in the world. With no drought relief in sight, the monkeys must exploit every advantage they have to survive, whether it is sneaking through open windows or swiping fruit from an unattended grocery cart.

Rowdy teenagers Bipin, Yash and Tito are an inseparable trio, diving off lamp-posts into a trough full of dirty water, playing rodeo on the backs of the city's pig population and teasing the stray street dogs. But while the youngsters explore their new playground, alpha male Tarak has the weight of the troop's survival on his shoulders. Leading the group into Jaipur everyday in search of food is risky.

The situation is even worse for other Galta members when, on patrol for food, Yash, Tito and several other Galta members are snared in a trap and deposited 16 kilometres outside the city. These monkeys are used to dodging taxis and tuk-tuks, not leopards and pythons, and they are uncertain about their new environment. Meanwhile, a young Galta named Kavi pays the price for his risky high-wire act along the power lines, suffering a huge electric shock. Taken to a local animal sanctuary, Kavi's condition is critical as doctors work hard to save him.

Will the monsoons provide much relief and social stability for the Galta gang? Can Yash, Tito and the others find their way through the jungle and back to Jaipur? Find out in Monkey Thieves.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Monkey Thieves: An Unlikely Hero
    Bipin and his troop are living a good life at their market home until a group of rivals darken their door.
  • Monkey Thieves: Deliverance
    Queen Rani learns that her old enemy Zamir could help her take back her former home at Galta Temple.
  • Monkey Thieves: Missing In Action
    The Galta Gang's enemy Zamir is on a mission to find his former family but he gets an unwelcome reception from some unexpected faces.
  • Monkey Thieves: Rising Forces
    Langurs are used as a monkey police force, patrolling the city with a human handler & scaring macaques away from important buildings.
  • Monkey Thieves: Heroes & Villains
    As the commotion of the Holi festival dies down the Galta gang venture into town to inspect the damage. Little Esha got lost in the city.
  • Monkey Thieves: A New Dawn
    Joy of a new birth in the Galta Gang but tragic to find Tarak's dead body.Finally, Zamir was caught by the catcher and relocated far away from Jaipur.
  • Monkey Thieves: The Apartment Job
    The delayed monsoon rain and food shortage caused the monkeys trying to invade into people's home;some manage to evacuate in time while some don't.
  • Monkey Thieves: Fang's Market
    The Galta Gang is trying its luck to invade the territory of the toughest macaque in town, the formidable Fang. Will it succeed?
  • Monkey Thieves: The Monkey Catcher
    The delayed monsoons and food shortage force monkeys to attack people. And the monkey catcher is called in to help.
  • Monkey Thieves: Taxi Raid
    With a shortage of food and no sign of the monsoon, the monkeys are searching high and low for food. They even raid vehicles at the taxi stand.
  • Monkey Thieves: Skid Row
    The monsoons haven't broken yet, and the temple is very quiet. The hungry monkeys are getting desperate.
  • Monkey Thieves: Monsoon Showdown
    The monsoons finally break. But there is a lot of fighting over food at the temple, and Zaimor almost gets the upper hand over Tarak.
  • Monkey Thieves: One Bad Apple
    The government holds the monkey responsible for the death of some citizens while hunting down the macaques terrorising the city.
  • Monkey Thieves: Divided We Stand
    As the worldwide economy plummets, the Galta Gang faces a big problem — more mouths to feed, and less food at the temple.
  • Monkey Thieves: Hard Times
    The Galta Temple cannot support such a massive troop and so the Galta Gang undergoes a process of fission. Only the mother group can stay at the temple.
  • Monkey Thieves: Return Of The Rebel
    The exiled Zamir nurses a grudge against the Galta Gang and plans to acquire a new troop so that he has enough support to take them on.
  • Monkey Thieves: The Apartment Jobs
    The delayed monsoons and food shortage force the monkeys invade people's homes; some manage to evacuate on time, while some don't.
  • Monkey Thieves: Searching For Sanctuary
    Rani and the Galta Gang continue to capitalize on temple handouts while the splinter group heads for the safety of the suburbs.
  • Monkey Thieves: Urban Exile
    The splinter group starts to fight for food. Meanwhile, a baby monkey fights for its life and the master monkey thief Zamir makes an appearance.
  • Monkey Thieves: Heroes And Villains
    As the commotion of the Holi festival dies down, the Galta gang ventures into town to inspect the damage.
  • Monkey Thieves: The Great Escape
    At the grain market, Zamir is smart enought to see through the traps set by the monkey catchers and stay away from these cages.
  • Monkey Thieves: Street Life
    As food offerings at Jaipur's Galta Temple dry up, Rani and Kamal are forced to leave their temple home and look for food on the streets.
  • Monkey Thieves: Home Hunters
    Queen Rani and the Galta Gang are under pressure being kicked out of Galta temple by a troop of Langur monkeys.
  • Monkey Thieves: Beggar's Banquet
    Rani's Galta Gang pulls off a cool house burglary. Meanwhile, the streets of Jaipur get much more dangerous as monkey catchers multiply.
  • Monkey Thieves: Cops And Robbers
    A truck arrives in the city carrying a stowaway and Galta gang's renegade Zamir is back in Jaipur.
  • Monkey Thieves: Trading Places
    Vasu has been trapped by the monkey catcher and was transported far out of town, leaving Zamir to resume command of his own troop.
  • Monkey Thieves: Colour And Calamity
    Kamal is captured by monkey catchers while Rani's son Teejay is still missing. Meanwhile, Zamir is busy trying to track down Rani and her gang.
  • Monkey Thieves: Drug Raid
    Kamal attempts to salvage his reputation by leading a daring hospital raid. Elsewhere, the race is on to save electric shock victim Teejay.
  • Monkey Thieves: Divided We Stand
    As the worldwide economy plummets, the Galta Gang faces a big problem — more mouths to feed, and less food at the temple.
  • Monkey Thieves: Hard Times
    The Galta Temple cannot support such a massive troop and so the Galta Gang undergoes a process of fission. Only the mother group can stay at the temple.
  • Monkey Thieves: Searching For Sanctuary
    Rani and the Galta Gang continue to capitalize on temple handouts while the splinter group heads for the safety of the suburbs.
  • Monkey Thieves: Urban Exile
    The splinter group starts to fight for food. Meanwhile, a baby monkey fights for its life and the master monkey thief Zamir makes an appearance.
  • Monkey Thieves: Street Life
    As food offerings at Jaipur's Galta Temple dry up, Rani and Kamal are forced to leave their temple home and look for food on the streets.
  • Monkey Thieves: Home Hunters
    Queen Rani and the Galta Gang are under pressure being kicked out of Galta temple by a troop of Langur monkeys.
  • Monkey Thieves: Beggar's Banquet
    Rani's Galta Gang pulls off a cool house burglary. Meanwhile, the streets of Jaipur get much more dangerous as monkey catchers multiply.
  • Monkey Thieves: Cops And Robbers
    A truck arrives in the city carrying a stowaway and Galta gang's renegade Zamir is back in Jaipur.
  • Monkey Thieves: Missing In Action
    The Galta Gang's enemy Zamir is on a mission to find his former family but he gets an unwelcome reception from some unexpected faces.
  • Monkey Thieves: Drug Raid
    Kamal attempts to salvage his reputation by leading a daring hospital raid. Elsewhere, the race is on to save electric shock victim Teejay.
  • Monkey Thieves: Colour And Calamity
    Kamal is captured by monkey catchers while Rani's son Teejay is still missing. Meanwhile, Zamir is busy trying to track down Rani and her gang.
  • Monkey Thieves: An Unlikely Hero
    Bipin and his troop are living a good life at their market home until a group of rivals darken their door.
  • Monkey Thieves: Deliverance
    Queen Rani learns that her old enemy Zamir could help her take back her former home at Galta Temple.
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