Shaktimaan will be back on POGO TV in a 70-minute telefilm titled HAMAARA HERO SHAKTIMAAN that will have its TV premiere on 30th June, 2013, at 12 noon. The telefilm will introduce a new character – Junior Shaktimaan played by Uday Sachdeva. It is directed by Saumitra Ranade, known for his debut 2003 live-action animation film JAJANTARAM MAMANTARAM. This was announced in a press conference by ‘Shaktimaan’ himself. It was also an occasion for Mukesh Khanna to express his ‘heartfelt sentiments’ and ‘anguish’ over certain developments.
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‘Shaktimaan’ Mukesh Khanna is quite unhappy with Bollywood super-stars and heroes who think they need not act like messiahs in personal life. He is particularly unhappy with Shahrukh Khan who talked about every Indian super hero in an interview about his film RA.ONE except the first modern super hero of India – Shaktimaan. Mukesh Khanna came down heavily on Shahrukh Khan for his habit of smoking and yet nursing the ambition of playing a super hero in his film. People won’t accept anyone like that as a super hero even if it’s just a character. People look up to their heroes and emulate them and thus they must set a good example in personal life as well according to Khanna who is a teetotaler, non-smoker, and a bachelor just like his character.
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Mukesh Khanna’s next target of attack was Ekta Kapoor who dared to make a ‘MAHABHARAT’ in which the characters of the epic looked more Greek than Indian with a Draupadi that had tattoos on her back. It was a distorted interpretation of the epic and that’s why TV audiences rejected it according to Khanna who had acted as Pitmah Bhishm in B.R. Chopra’s MAHABAHART.
(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for BollywoodTrade.com. He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)