Actor Mukesh Khanna announces 'Shaktimaan' trilogy
Shaktimaan- India’s first superhero show will be gracing the silver screens after 16 years of hiatus- this time in a three-film series, announced the actor Mukesh Khanna today.
Best known for playing the titular superhero in the TV show, Khanna in an Instagram post on Friday made the announcement in Hindi.
He wrote, “Ab baat duniya ko batane layak ho gai hai ki Shaktimaan dobara abtarit ho raha hai. Ji haan Shaktimaan ke doston , ab officially ye bata raha hoon ki main Shaktimaan 2 le kar aa raha hoon (t's time to tell the world that Shaktimaan is being reincarnated. Yes, friends of Shaktimaan, I am now officially stating that I am bringing Shaktimaan 2 soon. That too not on TV channel or OTT but as a trilogy, in the form of three films on the big screen).”
The second part of the post added, “Details dheere dheere hum disclose karenge. Filhaal itna bata sakta hoon ek bahut bade production house ke saath maine haath milaya hai is himalayan task ko anjaam dene ke liye (Details will be disclosed gradually. For now, I can say that I have collaborated with a big production house to bring his Herculean task to life).”
The actor wrapped his post with a promise that the new Shaktimaan films will be bigger than Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra. One (although Khanna appears to have misspelled it at it as Raavan) and Hrithik Roshan’s superhero franchise Krrish.
The actor also shared a link to a Bollywood Hungama report in a different post which states that the work on the first film of the Shaktimaan series will begin in 2021.
In an interview with a national leading daily, Khanna had said that he has been working for the last three years to bring out a second edition of Shaktimaan, which would be contemporary and also rooted in our values. According to the actor they are working on the sequel for people want to know what happened later on.
A month later while interacting with yet another leading news daily Khanna had said that the new version of Shaktimaan will not be the way Ekta Kapoor made Mahabharat (2008) by putting a “tattoo on Draupadi’s shoulder.” The actor added that Kapoor had said that she was making it for the modern populace. However, Khanna believes that one cannot modernise culture and when that happens, culture itself will be over.
The first Indian superhero show Shaktimaan first aired on Doordarshan in 1997 and remained till 2005. Khanna played the famous superhero and his alter ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri.