Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It’s Shaktimaan!

Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No, It’s Shaktimaan!

Ranjit Rodricks
Shaktimaan
Shaktimaan

He was touted as India’s first true super hero and though he’s not yet won himself a place among The Avengers, Shaktimaan has a place in the hearts of a number of children who grew up in the Nineties and watched the TV show, faithfully.

This time around, Shaktimaan appears in an animated avataar and the show appears on NICK at 6.30 pm. every Monday to Friday.

Shaktimaan
Shaktimaan

Here’s some trivia on the character:

* Shaktimaan was created by Nirmal Jani and the first episode was televised on September 13, 1997

* Actor Mukesh Khanna played the role of Shaktimaan and his alter-ego Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri

* Interestingly, Pandit Gangadhar works as a photographic reporter for the news publication Aaj Ki Aawaz.

* Yes! Shaktimaan is “inspired” by Superman – who also worked as a news reporter as Clark Kent.

*Like Superman, nothing can harm Shaktimaan’s mortality. Besides being able to fly, he can change his size at will and also manipulate the five elements.

Shaktimaan
Shaktimaan

Of course, like all super heroes, Shaktimaan too has his nemeses and they include Tamraj Kilvish, Dr. Jackal, Shalaka (inspired by Cat Woman) and Sahab (a drug lord).

Watch it with your kids or if you’re a fan of animation!