When one talks about modern-day superheroes, the centre of all of it occurs to be Marvel Cinematic Universe and Worlds of DC. However for tens of millions and tens of millions of Indians, Shaktimaan — popularly referred to as India’s first, indigenous superhero — will all the time stay extra particular. Though it has been over 15 years because the Mukesh Khanna-fronted TV present final aired (on Doordarshan), it continues to enthral innumerable followers, together with a number of celebrities.
For starters, earlier in 2020, actor Vicky Kaushal carried out an ‘Ask Me Something’ session on his Instagram account, whereby considered one of his followers requested him about his favorite superhero universe: Marvel or DC. Apparently, Kaushal’s response was neither of the 2 international cinematic universes however India’s personal superhero — Shaktimaan.
Then, final week, actor Radhika Madan, recognized for her humorous image captions, made a reference to India’s ‘first superhero’ in her new Instagram image. For the caption of a picture whereby she sits wearing a sports activities bra and ripped pants, the Angrezi Medium actor borrowed a well-liked dialogue from the hit 90s tv present, ‘Gangadhar hello Shaktiman hai.’
Final yr, Kaushal took to Instagram to share a photograph during which he’s seen standing in entrance of a wall with a number of superhero graffiti, which has many comedian guide characters like Joker, Harley Quinn, Deadpool, Batman, Physician Unusual and The Flash. Kaushal captioned the image, “… however I coronary heart Shaktimaan.”
The Gully Boy actor, Siddhant Chaturvedi additionally commented on the picture and reminded Kaushal of Dr Jaikaal, one other in style character from the 90s present. Chaturvedi commented, “Doc Jackal! #Energy!”
Late final month, too, Shaktimaan was referenced to by a number of cricket followers too, through the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). When Rajasthan Royals’ Rahul Tewatia got here up with a dreamy 31-ball 53 towards Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah, many in contrast the all rounder’s troublesome feat with the superhero’s exploits.
One of many tweet, by a fan named Tanisha Batra, as an illustration, learn: “In a matter of few balls, @rahultewatia02 simply went from Gangadhar to Shaktimaan.” The tweet was posted together with an image of Khanna in his Gangadhar and Shaktimaan avatars. Lately, a fan-made unofficial trailer of Shaktimaan additionally went on to the touch 17 million views on YouTube.
“Once I was round 5 – 6, Shaktimaan began airing, and I couldn’t let go off the present until it got here to an finish. I bear in mind my mum gifting me a Shaktimaan costume on my seventh birthday. That manner, Shaktimaan has been part of my rising up years. It can by no means turn out to be out of date for me, because of the present’s theme and the nostalgic worth,” says a fan, Raunak Bedi, 25, a BPO government.
One other fan, Avinash Chopra, now a 28 yr outdated Bangalore-based engineer says, “Though I’ve watched Marvel movies and all the Avengers collection however at any time when there’s a point out of Shaktimaan, there’s a particular feeling. Possibly, it’s due to our private attachment with the present and character or the truth that it’s purely Indian. Nothing can exchange that emotion for Shaktimaan for us.”
Khanna, on his half, has all the time maintained that the superhero is much more related in in the present day’s day and age. Ask him in regards to the continued reputation of Shaktimaan, and he says, “I can perceive the connection that crores of followers have with Shaktimaan not solely in India however the world over as a result of they’ve grown up watching this present. This story began from the Mahabharata struggle. No overseas superhero story has mythological floor to face on. Shaktimaan is the one hero who has a again story of 6,000 years.”
A number of days again, the Indian superhero was once more within the information when it was introduced by Khanna that the present is ready to be tailored right into a trilogy of function movies. Shaktimaan, during which Khanna performed the lead, ran for eight years on Doordarshan from 1998 to 2005