India's favourite superhero Shaktimaan is set to hit the small screen again
The much-loved superhero shaktimaan, played effortlessly by actor Mukesh Khanna will reportedly be aired again in a fresh new look
Move over Batman, Superman and Spiderman. It is time to welcome India's very own superhero, Shaktimaan back onto the telly.
Yes, the much-loved superhero, played effortlessly by actor Mukesh Khanna will reportedly be aired again in a fresh new look. If you are a 90s kid, you'd probably remember that the series went off air almost 11 years back.
Speaking to the media, Khanna, 57, confirmed the return of his lovable character.
"We are planning the return of Shaktimaan on television and the discussions are going on with few channels. I can't committ the date but you will get to see it soon. I am working on my look and body for it. I have already lost 8 kgs and will be losing another 8 kilos. I am not trying to get six pack abs. I want to try and match up with the look that I had 15 years back. People relate to me as Shaktimaan and I can't offer the role to anyone," he was quoted as telling a daily.
Rubbishing rumours that he may be old to play the titular character, Khanna told the same daily, "I was very young when I played the role of Bhishma Pitamah in Mahabharat. I feel an actor can't be restricted due to age. I feel age is just a number. It depends on how you look and if you will be able to pull off the character with full conviction."
Just in case you forgot how awesome Shaktimaan really was, here's a refresher.
He is not a result of any scientific experiment. Nor does he throw around his webs after being bitten by an insect. And neither has he been bestowed any powers from his alien land. Shaktimaan's origins are humble and very much desi.
His story goes: Earth was a peaceful place and everybody lived in harmony. But just as Kalyug came, it was clouded by the evil Tamraj Kilvish and many deceitful and untrustworthy beings like him.
So in order to maintain peace and save the innocent from their wrath, the descents of Sun, Suryavanshi, select a man and awaken his Kundalini powers. Thus making his the ultimate human being, Shaktimaan.
Continue reading to know that one thing that made Shaktimaan so powerful.
The Super Powers
If you remember, the most iconic image Shaktimaan is him raising his index finger, swirling on one spot and then flying off like a tornado to any place he so desired.
This was possible because he mastered over the seven chakras of his body and awakened his kundalini powers. He has the power of five elements and can do possibly anything.
Shaktimaan's character is quite similar to Superman. His alter-ego is Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri. He is a photo journalist (much like Clark Kent) at a newspaper called Aaj Ki Awaaz.
And whenever he has to go save the world, he ditches his Gangadhar clothes and becomes the superhero he really is.
Similar to Superman, Shaktimaan also has a love interest in his fellow journalist, Geeta Biswas. And while Superman cannot withstand the powers of a Kryptonite, Shaktimaan cannot stand against Paapmani.
Let's Meet The Super Villains
Remember Tamraj Kilvish wording "Andhera Kaayam Rahe" (let darkness prevail)? Or Dr Jackal saying his famous 'Phawaah!' dialogue? Aah, those days!
While Kilvish, played Surendra Pal, was Shaktimaan's arch nemesis. Dr Jackal experimented to make mutants who could fight the superhero. If they weren't enough, Shaktimaan also has to fight Kekdaman, Electricman, Jonk Jonka, Froga, Plastica, Wofla, and Khali-Bali among other mysterious villains.
Once the show was over, Shaktimaan would deliver a 10-minute skit to advocate morally good acts. He would teach children to be kind to one another, to not cheat or lie and to always help those in need.
He would also pull up the parents for not teaching their kids the 'right thing' to do. We hope that they retain all these elements in the new version too.
More Phawaah to Shaktimaan!
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