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‘Krrish’, ‘Ra.One’ no match to ‘Shaktimaan’: Mukesh Khanna

IANS | Mumbai |

Actor Mukesh Khanna says superhero movies Krrish and Ra.One cannot match the level of
his iconic TV show Shaktimaan despite
their big budget.

Khanna essayed the roles of Shaktimaan and his alter ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar
Omkarnath Shastri on the show.

Citing an example from Natwarlal, the actor said
the film had a song which fascinated children so much that they went to watch
the film with parents.

Khanna said the trick is to please the children, so that
even parents are excited to watch a film, just like he did with his TV show.

“That time, content was there but nobody followed it
up. I followed it up with Shaktimaan.
I waited four years for others to make a super hero project but nobody did. So,
I made ‘Aryamaan’. Today there is Krrish
and Ra.One, but they are yet to reach
the level of Shaktimaan,” Khanna
said.

Earlier this year, the 58-year-old actor said he was in
talks to bring back Shaktimaan on
TV.

When asked about the progress, Khanna said he is still
committed to bringing the project.

“We are talking to Doordarshan, they are ready to give
us a slot. We are talking to satellite channels, there were talks even for a
web series. Let’s see. I don’t know where it will be launched. But I have to
bring back Shaktimaan. And I have to be Shaktimaan.” 

The actor says children remember him for his iconic role
even today.

“I have lost 10-15 kgs. I need to reduce 5-10 kgs more.
I can’t let anyone else play that character. Wherever I go, the kids chant
‘Shaktimaan’. They know me as that. I have to come again as Shaktimaan but we
will have a modern setting.” 

The actor, who is the chairperson of Children Film Society
of India, said he cannot make a film on Shaktimaan as it will be a
conflict of interest but hopes to pass content driven films for children under
his chairmanship.