This Article is From Nov 09, 2016

Shaktimaan Will Make a Come Back Soon, Says Mukesh Khanna

Shaktimaan Will Make a Come Back Soon, Says Mukesh Khanna

A still from Shaktimaan

Highlights

  • 'I have to be Shaktimaan,' said Mukesh Khanna
  • 'We are talking to satellite channels,' he added
  • 'There were talks even for a web series,' he said
Mumbai: Actor Mukesh Khanna says superhero movies Krrish and Ra.One cannot match the level of his iconic TV show Shaktimaan despite their big budget.

Mr Khanna played the roles of Shaktimaan and his alter ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri on the show.

Citing an example from Natwarlal, the actor said the film had a song which fascinated children so much that they went to watch the film with parents.

Mr Khanna said the trick is to please the children, so that even parents are excited to watch a film, just like he did with his TV show.

"That time, content was there but nobody followed it up. I followed it up with Shaktimaan. I waited four years for others to make a super hero project but nobody did. So, I made Aryamaan. Today there is Krrish and Ra.One but they are yet to reach the level of Shaktimaan," Mr Khanna said.

Earlier this year, the 58-year-old actor said he was in talks to bring back Shaktimaan on TV.

When asked about the progress, Mr Khanna said he is still committed to bringing the project.

"We are talking to Doordarshan, they are ready to give us a slot. We are talking to satellite channels, there were talks even for a web series. Let's see. I don't know where it will be launched. But I have to bring back Shaktimaan. And I have to be Shaktimaan," said Mr Khanna said.

The actor says children remember him for his iconic role even today.

"I have lost 10-15 kilos. I need to reduce 5-10 kilos more. I can't let anyone else play that character. Wherever I go, the kids chant Shaktimaan. They know me as that. I have to come again as Shaktimaan but we will have a modern setting," he said.

The actor, who is the chairperson of Children Film Society of India, said he cannot make a film on Shaktimaan as it will be a conflict of interest but hopes to pass content driven films for children under his chairmanship.


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