Mukesh Khanna who played India’s first superhero recently revealed that he’s planning the remake of his cult show ‘Shaktiman’. In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, the actor said that he was actually going to make an announcement about the same if the coronavirus lockdown did not happen. But Khanna is quite particular about the remake as he wants to keep it as simple and original as the earlier version.
Hence, he did not even find Bollywood’s action-star Tiger Shroff suitable for the role. “It’s not the action that made Shaktimaan popular, it was because of his superpowers, messages, and values of life. All these big actors already have an image, that will come in the way,” he said, reports HT.
Khanna who portrayed the role of Bhishma Pitamah in BR Chopra’s Mahabharata stressed on the fact that he certainly wants to make a new version of ‘Shaktiman’ but he doesn’t want to slaughter it as Ekta Kapoor did the epic ‘Mahabharata’.
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“I can’t let anyone murder Shaktimaan as Ekta has murdered Mahabharata. I had talks with big television production companies but things didn’t work out because it didn’t fall in their strategy. It’s their loss as whoever makes Shaktimaan will earn money. Now, I have a deal with someone,” Khanna said.
Stressing on Ekta’s modern version of Mahabharata, Khanna said, “The new version of Shaktimaan cannot be the way Ekta Kapoor made Mahabharata (in 2008) by putting a tattoo on Draupadi’s shoulder. She had said that she was making Mahabharata for modern people. ‘Sanskriti kabhi modern nahi ho sakti, putri. Jis din Sanskriti ko modern karoge, khatam ho jayegi’ (Culture can never be modern, The day you try to make culture modern, the culture will be over).”
Khanna slammed the queen of daily soaps, as Ekta is popularly called, for twisting the facts in the epic saga. “If the serial name would be ‘Kyunki Greek Bhi Kabhi Hindustani the, then I would accept Ekta’s Mahabharat. Who has given them the right to slaughter an epic? They have changed the actual version of Devarath’s ‘Bhishma Pratigya’ to something else and created a vamp-like image for Satyavati, among other things in the show. They tried to be smarter than Vyas muni (Ved Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharata) to which I have an objection. I want to point out that Ramayana and Mahabharata are not mythologies, they are our histories,” Khanna said.