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 Lhanna 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”.
The official Twitter account of Sony Pictures India shared a one-minute announcement video, teasing Gangadhar’s iconic specs, his camera and finally the big reveal: the costume of Shaktimaan. “We are excited to join hands with Brewing Thoughts Private Limited, and Mukesh Khanna’s Bheeshm International. Get ready for #ShatkimaanMovie; more details coming soon. Are you excited?” the tweet read.
Details about the director and other cast are kept under wraps. The series ran for nearly 450 episodes on DD National and had a massive fan following, especially among children. Shaktimaan will be Sony Pictures India’s first entry in the Indian superhero space, and the studio says it will seek expertise from parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment and its headquarters in Culver City, California, US, to access the latest technology in moviemaking and postproduction.