Chennai: Soon after the announcement that Ramayan will be re-telecast, actor-producer Mukesh Khanna’s TV show, Shaktimaan, started trending on Twitter, with people requesting for its rerun as well. Shaktimaan, a superhero show, was aired on Doordarshan from 1997 to 2005.
Mukesh played the titular role and his alter ego, Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri, employed as a photographer in a newspaper called Aaj Ki Aawaz. As a show and a character, Shaktimaan found acceptance for its novel plot revolving around a common man, who attains superpowers through meditation and the five elements of nature. Every episode highlighted a socially relevant subject like the importance of hygiene, family values and morals rooted in Indian culture, and it also attacked social malpractices.
Mukesh said, “It makes me happy that people are demanding a rerun, I will be glad if the ministry considers it. Shaktimaan and a few other shows were high on values, their content was such that India watched them. This lockdown has made people understand each other better. I welcome the decision to have reruns, this is the best time for that.”