Joining the group of reruns on Doordarshan is another cult classic from the 90s- Shaktimaan, veteran actor Mukesh Khanna, who featured as Shaktimaan, confirms India.com. Shaktimaan was the first Indian superhero television show that aired on DD 1 from 13 September 1997 to 27 March 2005 with over 500 episodes. It was later translated into different languages and aired on different channels. Producer Mukesh Khanna played the role of Shaktimaan and his alter ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidhyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri, a photographer for the newspaper Aaj Ki Aawaz. Also Read - Prasar Bharti CEO Says People Laughed When he Decided to Telecast Ramayan Again During Lockdown
Mukesh Khanna mentioned that he is bringing the classic Shaktimaan in two to three days to let today’s generation know about the 90s superhero. “I would want kids from this generation know who is Shaktimaan and want to spread awareness of using less mobile phones and how to stay safe in coronavirus crises”, Mukesh said. Also Read - Vishnupuran Comes Back on Doordarshan Today, Know When And Where Here
Mukesh Khanna took to his official Twitter deal with and tweeted, “130 crore Indians will collectively get the chance to observe Shaktimaan on DD as soon as once more. Anticipate the announcement.” Also Read - 'Encyclopedia of Ramayan' Project to Have Ayodhya Shodh Sansthan Trace Ram's Footprints Across The World
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Mukesh Khanna has also revealed that he has been working on a contemporary yet rooted sequel to the iconic superhero show. In a chat with Bombay Times, the actor revealed that: “He has been working on the sequel of the superhero show for the past 3 years. He also revealed that the reason he had decided to make a sequel was because of everyone’s curiosity about what happens in Shaktimaan’s life.”
Earlier, it was announced the cult hit mythological series Ramayana, Mahabharat, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Circus and Byomkesh Bakshi, featuring Rajit Kapur, will be re-telecast on the national broadcaster and its sister channels during the 21-day lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.