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Shaktimaan to return amid lockdown, confirms Mukesh Khanna

Shaktimaan aired on DD 1 from 1997 to 2005. The show was followed by Shaktimaan: The Animated Series in 2011, and a television film titled Hamara Hero Shaktimaan in 2013.




Joining the list of reruns on Doordarshan is another cult classic from the golden era of Indian television, superhero show Shaktimaan, veteran actor Mukesh Khanna, who featured in the titular role, has revealed.

Earlier, it was announced the cult 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.

Mukesh Khanna took to Twitter on Sunday to share the news.

“Getting to watch two epics of our country ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ in one day was a matter of great happiness for the 135 crore people who are under lockdown. Sit at home and enjoy. There could not have been a bigger good news. But I’d like to add something to this happy news for my ‘Shaktimaan’ fans, that ‘Shaktimaan’ is also going to come very soon,” he said in the video clip.

But the actor-producer didn’t disclose the date and time of the show’s re-run. He asked fans to wait for the announcement. However, it has been confirmed from the Press Information Bureau that the cult show will start airing from April 2020. The episodes will air for an hour on DD National from 1 pm onward.

Mukesh Khanna, who was already a household name thanks to his role as the duty-bound Bhishma in BR Chopra’s Mahabharat, found another fan base among children in the late 1990s as Shaktimaan and his alter ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidhyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri, a photographer for the newspaper Aaj Ki Aawaz.

Shaktimaan aired on DD 1 from 1997 to 2005. It was later translated into different languages and aired on different channels. The show was followed by Shaktimaan: The Animated Series in 2011, and a television film titled Hamara Hero Shaktimaan in 2013.

There are reports that Mukesh Khanna is working on a sequel to the show.

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