Remember the time sitting in front of the television on a Sunday morning watching your favourite Indian superhero Shaktimaan saving kids and teaching the right morals. He might just return.
Mukesh Khanna who had reprised the role of Shaktimaan back in 1997 is planning to revive the Indian superhero, on the occasion of his appointment as the Chairperson of the Children Film Society, India. He said, “Yes we are in talks with some producers and most definitely we will try to get Shaktimaan back for our fans. It would be after 16 years that I will get to play the character but I think it has been the best platform to share good messages. This time, it would be definitely on a bigger scale for sure.”
Talking about his new responsibility, our loving (on-screen) Shaktimaan said, “I have been getting messages from so many people that the post has finally been bestowed on the right person. I think in our country there are hardly any films made for children. People complain that they don’t get enough theatres, but I feel if one makes films that are commercially viable and also educative, they can do wonders for the society.”
Today kids look up to Dholakpur Superhero Chhota Bheem when it comes to moral learning. An animated series on Shaktimaan too was conceived by Reliance Animation a few years ago.
Mukesh feels that TV shows need to improve and focus more on children. He further said, “I think today kids are much more mature than any of us were. They have lost their innocence and act much beyond their age. So it’s time we tap their smartness and produce shows that can induce goodness in them.” Apparently, who could do that better than Shaktimaan.
Uday Sachdeva will play the junior version of Shaktimaan
If you grew up watching Shaktimaan and loved all the action in it, then get ready to relive those good old days but with a little twist. The fictional superhero which went off-air almost 10 years ago will be back on the small screen with Uday Sachdeva playing junior Shaktimaan.
Mukesh Khanna, who started the franchise and also played the title role for years, feels that it’s the right time to introduce the junior version of the Indian superhero and carry forward the legacy. Besides the telefilm, Khanna is planning to make a 3D film and star in it too.
– Ankur Bagai