I wanted to travel back to the glorious 90’s to revisit our very own SUPERHERO SHAKTIMAAN. He was India’s answer to SUPERMAN. Shaktimaan evokes fond memories. He was a very big craze. Everybody loved him especially kids. All of us eagerly waited for Sunday just to watch Shaktimaan on screen.
In a way, Shakthimaan was a big surprise. After being used to so many dubbed versions of English Superheroes. We finally had our own superhero who could do everything. He could just fly and use his super powers to defeat the villain Kilmish.
The serial struck the tried and tested the premise of a superhero and he alters ego and it worked big time. Vaishnavi as Geeta Biswas was our very own Mary Jane while Shakthimaan was the desi Superman. The serial catapulted both of them to stardom.
The kids were so obsessed with Shaktimaan that they began to jump from rooftops expecting Shaktimaan to save them. Statutory warnings were added just to safeguard the kids.
And who can forget the Shaktimaan stickers that were given along with Parle -G biscuits. One such sticker still adorns my dressing cupboard. That was the only time Parle G was actually relevant. It was the period when Parle G showed high sales numbers. Kids willingly gulped a packet of Parle G biscuits just for the stickers. A house full of Shakthimaan stickers was so much fun and craziness.
And there was a tiny message at the end at the end episode where Shaktimaan advised the kids on what they should to come up in life. Since Shakthimaan was adored by kids this tiny message made a huge impact.
In a way the 90’s represent all that was simple and neat. Doordharshan was our go-to channel. There weren’t too many options which actually let us enjoy whatever was available.
Shakthimaan was the hero we needed. The hero who could do no wrong. Despite having so many shows from multiple channels. Shakthimaan will be an eternal favourite.