Mumbai: The ’90s kids will kill to watch Shaktimaan again on the screens. Although killing would go wildly against the ideologies of the 90s superhero TV show. Sorry Shaktimaan, for using that analogy. But, we are in for a treat, as Mukesh Khanna, who played the titular role, and also his alter-ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidhyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri, has revealed that he is developing a sequel of the show.
In an interview, he said “For the last three years, we have been working towards bringing out the second edition of Shaktimaan,” Mukesh added that the new show will be “contemporary, but rooted in our values. ”
Recently, Doordarshan began to rerun classic shows like Circus, Ramayana, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi and a couple of others.
This was done to add a tinge of nostalgic happiness to people’s lives in the time when the country is in a lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. Fans urged Mukesh and the makers online to bring back Shaktimaan as well.
“I feel whenever we return to work after this crisis, I will be in a better position to bring out the second part because the demand for it is higher than ever before,” Mukesh said.
There have been many plans for Shaktimaan revival that did not exactly pan out as planned. A theatrical film was planned but Mukesh had to do with a telefilm Hamara Hero Shaktimaan (2013), after monetary restrictions.
A spin-off web-series Sorry Shaktimaan was launched in March 2019, where Mukesh and Gangadhar made appearances and gave motivational talks. In October 2019, an animated series on the show was announced and a teaser of the same was released at the Comic-Con in December 2019. We are yet to hear another update on that front.
In addition to this, a 3D animated series on Shaktimaan has also been announced. Its trailer was launched at Comic-Con India last year.
Earlier this week, mythological shows like Ramayan and Mahabharat, which had once been the primetime favourite of the country, were re-introduced for entertaining and maintaining harmony among the citizens. Other shows like Byomkesh Bakshi and Circus have also flagged off their re-run on the small screen during the much needed 21-day national lockdown.