Shaktimaan, India’s first superhero completes its 23 years. The memories of our growing days as Indian millennials remain incomplete without speaking of the first Indian superhero. This legendary fictional hero with his supernatural power is intimately involved with the nostalgia of our Indian childhood. Then, without cartoons on YouTube or easy access to the Tablet PCs or phones full of motion games, it was the only respite of entertainment. Shaktimaan started on DD National Channel on Saturday, September 13, 1997, in the slot from 12:30 to 13:30 PM. every week! There was a repeat telecast of the same episodes every Thursday night.
Mukesh Khanna, who was Bheeshma in the B.R.Chopra’s Mahabharat series, played the role of Shakthimaan.
The series started with yogis and rishis in the Himalayas passing on the universe’s energy into another yogi, creating the avatar ‘Shaktimaan’. The word ‘maan‘ refers to the ‘possessor of‘ and the word ‘shakti‘ means ‘power‘.
So after the universal energy gets transferred, Shaktimaan gets ready to go to earth. He wears a flashy new maroon suit with boots, golden belt, and anklets and a golden chakra on his chest. His superpowers include moving from one place to another by spinning himself, super strength, flight, shooting lasers from the eyes, blowing powerful air, withstand fire, hear distant conversations, etc. His mission is to save everyone from Tamraj Kilvish, the dark lord whose aim is to spread darkness or Andhera on the Earth.
After coming to Earth, Shaktimaan realizes that he can’t roam around in his flashy maroon suit. So, he disguises himself as Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Sashtri and he joins a newspaper office as a photographer. And what was the disguise? A grey coat, a pair of glasses, and all the hair combed in such a way that it fell on the forehead covering the top rim of his eyeglasses.