Bollywood is all set to take you on a nostalgia ride as Shaktimaan is set to make a comeback, but this time on the big screens.
On Thursday, Sony Pictures India announced the film on the Indian superhero and shared the first teaser.
The one-minute video gave a glimpse of the earth and then a busy street, followed by the words, “As darkness and evil prevail over humanity, it’s time for him to return’. And soon, the Shaktimaan symbol comes up and we get a glimpse of our superhero. While the face of Shaktimaan is not revealed, makers do give a sneak peek of the ‘most popular and loved superhero’. The costume and physique of the ‘people’s hero’ seem to have evolved and matches up to the many action stars on screen.
The recent development has now sparked hilarious memes on Twitter and fans can’t get enough of it.
In a statement, Sony Pictures International Productions shared that they have acquired the film adaptation rights of Shaktimaan to reimagine it as a superhero trilogy for the big screen.
However, the film’s cast and many more details are yet to be announced. Furthermore, even the director’s name is yet to be finalised.
For Shaktiman, the studio has partnered with Brewing Thoughts Private Limited (co-founded by ex-film journalist Prashant Singh, and Madhurya Vinay), in association with actor-producer Mukesh Khanna’s Bheeshm International.
For the uninitiated, Shaktimaan was launched in September 1997 on Doordarshan and its roaring success made the television show run for eight years. Conceptualised by Mukesh Khanna, the actor played the titular role, after he saw kids in his family watching superhero shows on the television.
Given that the show continues to be loved by fans, the team is positive that the film will heat up the Indian superhero space and become a global success from India.