Sony Pictures India on Thursday announced it will back the film adaptation of the popular superhero TV show Shaktimaan. The iconic TV show, which ran on DD National from 1997 till the mid 2000s, featured actor Mukesh Khanna as the titular superhero and his alter ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidhyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastriji, a geeky photographer at a newspaper. According to the makers, Shaktimaan will be headlined by “one of India’s superstars”. Khanna is attached as one of the producers through his Bheeshm International.

Shaktimaan remains India’s most iconic superhero brand. Its decision to bring back the people’s superhero is set to heat up the Indian superhero space which has the potential to become a global success from India.

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