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Indian superheroes, although as rare as a sensible Facebook app, have a charm that attracts children in irreversible multitudes. These Pied Pipers with powers beyond the Sun (in the most humble cases, that is) also have an unnerving lack of grace, blatant disregard for logical continuity and showmanship to humble the most dramatic family–torn-apart soaps that flank the superhero show on either side of the timeline.

And well, the single name (single in superhero form, that is, the village-boy-alter-ego name is a rant, if anything) that stands out, with a sun(?) blazing on his chest and his vermillion uniform of crime fighting, is the very own avatar of Bhishma Pitamaha, the (al?)mighty Shaktimaan (Yes its “maan” and not “man“. Indian television is all for maan-maryada). The thunder cracking intro music rings in your ears long after it has faded away.

His full alter ego name stands at Pandit Gangadhar Vidyadhar Mayadhar Omkaar Naath Shastri. It’s worthwhile to note that the initials of his name, with G, V, O, N—”gvon“, stand at a highly non–super-heroic PMS.

Coming to what makes him a superhero, the super-powers, Shaktimaan is pretty much the unholy union between Captain Planet, Superman and a Centrifuge. As the story goes, he performs “the ritual of death” to become more “alive”—now whatever that is supposed to mean. He is, unlike the other superheroes, put through a lot of ordeal for his share of powers. So he can spontaneously spin counterclockwise, use the “Screw rule” to screw logic, and lift up vertically. He has a commendable degree of freedom whilst spinning, and his flight is geometrically precise, always following the ‘shortest distance between two points’ path (possibly honed for swift crime fighting). But hey, give him some credit for not being too showy, spinning that fast would need an average superhero to include a sick bag in the costume. And yes, he is the unexplained red blur you might have seen in the skies sometime. He has control over the elements of nature—fire, earth, air, water (the usual) and “space” (the highly unusual). How do they consider vacuum as an element in the first place? Armed with these tricks of the trade, emerges the red marauder of evil, a perfect family entertainer of his times.

Wikipedia, which is now pretty much a brain expansion, names the powers of the red, raging, rotating and roof hopping superhero as:

1. Flight at a speed faster than light (though you can pretty much see him flying)

2. Invisibility (When he becomes the unrecognizable Gangadhar)

3. Powerful vision (What is that now anyway? 6/6? )

4. Ability to manipulate the 5 elements known to man (The 5 elements he DOES manipulate are logic, gold foil for the costume cutouts, a non suspecting lady reporter, DD National authorities to air the show on Sunday mornings and Moment of Inertia)

5. Immortality (much to our dismay, yes).

Let us also review the anti-protagonist. Quoting Wiki, “Tamraj Kilvish is Shaktimaan’s arch-enemy. Kilvish is covered with his clothes so that he is not naked, his face is dark and his fingernails are long. Tamraj means King of Darkness. He has lived 6000 years, and is the source of evil in the world. He intends to rule the world by spreading darkness, hatred, sins, and evil.” The Dark Lord wears clothes so he’s not naked. Don’t you get it? (Causality 101, if you must). And there has been evil only for the last 6000 years. The world was a crayon factory before that. The wish killing Kilvish, dark overlord smites the world against a confessedly immortal adversary. Reminds you of an unstoppable force (MR multiplied by omega squared?) meeting an immovable object.

Now what fun would it be, were he to wreck havoc on the evil Dark Lord’s even darker schemes? So they give the arch enemy (TK) possession of this very potent “Crystal” (Reminiscent of Kryptonite, anyone?). This makes Shaktimaan go weak in the knees because it is filled with the evil of the world (Isn’t the whole issue crystal clear? Just get rid of the damn ‘crystal’!) and is the source of the black powers and evil must be feared and he must also not venture out in the dark. Wait, that looks more like what mothers use to keep their children from doing things they should rather not. And of course, I am talking about the logic here, not the crystal.

Let’s also review what “Tamraj Kilvish” has in store for the man of the moment, in the form of his intricately conceptualized minions.

1. Electric man: Who can shoot lightning bolts from his body (Quite like Pikachu, only minus the cute “Pika Pi” shouts)

2. Stone man: Who can shoot stones from his body. (Did they mean “throw stones using his body”. Definitely not the most sinister supervillain. Stoned man would be a nice adversary now, with his radical honesty and staggering moves.)

3. Plastica: Who can stretch any part of his body (Yes, that does sound wrong at various levels. Although Plastica was replaced by Paperica after the government banned plastic, though Paperica didn’t pose much of a threat as Shaktimaan called “Scissors”.)

4. Dr. Jackal: Who is a mad scientist, having allegedly helped Kilvish in his various schemes by cloning Shaktimaan and also by turning aliens against him. (Cloning Shaktimaan was a huge success. Miniature models available on pre-order. And I wonder how he could turn aliens against Shaktimaan. “HE! I saw him with your alien sister the other day! Go give him a taste of the business end of that spiky tentacle thing coming out of where it really shouldn’t be coming out of!”) It’s only fair that Mr Hyde now doesn’t have anything against our crimson cyclone.

5. Crab Man: Who is, well, a crab man. (Extremely blue shifted though because his colour range is a handsome distance from the usual crab like hues of red and orange. Goes best with Oyster sauce.)

There have been numerous duels and fights between Shaktimaan and the nether world demons. He, for someone who is indestructible, wears gloves too with the costume. Extreme agoraphobia?

And what is a superhero story without a lady. So taking a leaf off Superman and another off Spiderman, Shaktimaan works for a TV news channel with ‘Gita Biswas’ and is a photographer. She does have this nagging feeling that something is up, for Gangadhar never gets her photographs of Shaktimaan (she could have just googled it. The internet is flooded with his better than Captain Morgan pose photographs) and she has never seen them together (platonically, that is). But Shaktimaan “erases” these thoughts from her mind, which do border on a ethical gray area of sorts. He cannot although “be” with her as he is a Bal Brahmachaari. This is not to recall again that he is immortal and will have to see countless girlfriends live their lives away. That would be quite an emotional ordeal even for the spinning spectacle.

So we can sum it up by accepting: Shaktimaan—The most eligible Spin-ster in town, since 1997.

Inconsistencies apart, Shaktimaan did drill his way into millions of hearts and was waited for in breathless anticipation. Not exceptional graphics, or storylines, or characters, but a stone cold resolve of an almost endless series, it was what made the Sundays for most Doordarshan watchers of that time. Would have done him good to be made in another age, with better script and visualization.

Well, what can I say?

Sorry (for you) Shaktimaan.


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      • LOL watch the freaking Superman TV Show from the 70’s and you’ll instantly think that Shaktimaan is the best Show there is

        You know what i HATE IN INDIANS ?? The Inferiority COMPLEX !

        I Admit that Batman&superman are more well written BUT IN LIVE Action TV Show in the 60’s the SUCKED

        People still mock it like “NANANANANAN BATMAAAAAAAAN”

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-pTuDZyqAM

        Seriously STOP hating and respect this show

        Superheroes are DUMB In general by going with your logic

        why Batman wears a Cape ?? It can be a pain to walk around with that you’ll trip yourself and it would be technically IMPOSSIBLE to move around with that

        WHY can you see SUPERMAN When he’s also Technically flying in the SPEED OF LIGHT ?

        Doesn’t that contradict what you said about Shaktimaan ?

        And besides THE SUPERHERO Powers are “Ingenious” to think about and its not copyrighted

        you can find tons of Heroes having the same powers in Marvel&DC Universe

        you don’t go and scream FAKE do you ?

  • Oye, ye sab kya likha hua hai??? he was just our childhood superhero…. not a part of your humour….. you just stick to the Gotham comics superheroes, but its nothing worse act of yours to compare two different scipt play on a common way of representation….. screw rule…???? keep it simple silly. He was a super hero. and that line “maan & not man” well, its because he was an Indian superhero. Jitni mehnat yaha kiye ho, use kuch aur kaam me lagate to zyada asardaar hota……

    • Pratik, your saying “he was just our childhood superhero…. not a part of your humour” did not quite make sense. “Our” superhero not your “humour”. Well, I watched it too, and I enjoyed it. I chose to write a satiric piece on it, that’s not a great offence.

      I am not “comparing” it to Gotham scripts. They aren’t on the same level for comparison. And also, my reference to other superheroes was “because” they too were part of “my” childhood atleast, not sure of the rest. And were they not yours too, you missed out on some really cool stuff buddy.

      “Keep it simple silly” is the silliest thing advertising came up with, and I do plan to write about it too. Leave it to TATA. Screw rule is pretty basic and was an apt explanation. Trust me.

      And the “maan” part was in humour, but I don’t feel it anyway is being received well.

      This is a post on satire. Don’t tell me you don’t like stand-up comedy, general satirists and writers because they lampoon things around you. Thats what satire is. Seeing the funny side. I pointed out the same. This was not meant to be a touchy matter. Please don’t take this article as a Shaktimaan review or something because it is not. This section is called Ripped Apart because it aims satire at pupular culture and contemporary names. Thats all there is to it. Anything else taken, is not complementary.

      • “Coming to what makes him a superhero, the super-powers, Shaktimaan is pretty much the unholy union between Captain Planet, Superman and a Centrifuge”.

        “So they give the arch enemy (TK) possession of this very potent “Crystal” (Reminiscent of Kryptonite, anyone?)”.

        Justify the above two extracts whether they are not a subject of comparison from Gotham heroes.

        comparison between superheros in the script, is what i meant.

        Our(maybe you were not) hero, who is a subject of your article is treated as a funny flavour of your humour.

        the way you analyse is a subject of appreciation, but, if you wanna do some real satire works then write about those comparisons that should fetch a message. Like the Civil society, economic upringings, etc. from the west.it has some positives.

        Humiliating the forgotten character from Indian televison, is a degree of worst job. may be you earn some likes & comments, but of what use ???

        • pratik,if the whole world started think like you,then all the mimics in the world should would have been murdered,they make fun too,of long lost movie stars,you watch laughter challenge or any other of those darned comedy show???
          ever noticed how they make fun of sholay,”a classic Indian movie”?? or of MR Amitabh Bacchhan,a legendry actor,i bet you would have been laughing your ass off when they joke about it???
          this guy here has written an amazing peeice of article,if can’t appreciate it ,then please don’t degrade it!!! if you don’t like it be polite enough to say that you have been bad,and if you feel they are just doing it for the likes try reading few others i bet your Point of view will change!! don’t be an extremist the world won’t run according to you!!!

        • “Coming to what makes him a superhero, the super-powers, Shaktimaan is pretty much the unholy union between Captain Planet, Superman and a Centrifuge”. Well not in my knowledge is a Centrifuge some Gotham superhero. Anyhow, I was using not “comparison” there, but “imagery”. There is a stark difference, although both may sound similar if you are looking with mindsets.

          And we are doing our parts in satirizing economy and government too, this is a miscellaneous write up. And is a very defined page, in its goals.

          “Humiliating the forgotten character from Indian televison, is a degree of worst job.” Im sorry about that. Though I think I have seen worse deeds being done. I would say this is more reviving than burying a character as you make it sound… It was just doing him the favour which he never probably got, a satire of his. Everything once great, deserves it. To remind how people accept you inspite of the discrepancies and anomalies, and how mighty heroes and leading faces too have their glitches, which people choose to neglect. THAT is what the power (and point) of satire is…

  • in a sense both of you are right but the fact is that Shaktimaan was the 1st Indian superhero so it is probable that He will be a full blend keeping in mind the “Indian Culture”…so its vague to compare Him with other Superheroes…..Logically many mistakes were there…. that is true
    but the ultimate thing was Entertainment.Also the concept to attract the the children in a way of educating them(us at that time) should be applauded not criticised right now….

    • “Also the concept to attract the the children in a way of educating them(us at that time) should be applauded not criticised right now.”

      I did NOT want to bring this up, but since you do, a lot of children lost their lives in trying to imitate the hero. Fell off roofs and sheds, and THAT is when they started the warning, THAT is when they started the teachings.

      As for “anything” he might have taught, I “applaud” him alright. But I don’t really believe you are great enough until comics (comics as in writers and stand ups and the likes, not books themselves) take you up as a subject matter. I would be obliged to explain more, if need be, but this is being really redundant now. And my point being made.

  • Mr ya Miss Anonymous, whatever, making a mimicry is okay but comparing and that too with any other DC superhero… is something that i can’t tolerate, and thats what i’m talking about. I can always accept those comparisons which has a positive impact.

    Mr. Sidhhartha, contradictions will always arise, satire can’t be moulded just for your purpose. But tell why Shaktimaan is reviving not as a hero but as a clown in your article ?

    • Man, I cannot make it any more clear. I don’t see what part of it being “imagery” and not “comparison” didn’t you get. Anyhow, why Shaktimaan was not revived as a hero is because I am NOT creating Shaktimaan returns or some series on those lines. This is, quite hoenstly confessed, a “website” of satire. Wouldn’t it be ironic if I wrote a serious to God article on the wonders of Shaktimaan?

      I also believe you seem to have some personal vendetta against DC Superheroes. Atleast they served the purpose of reference in this article, for maybe not everyone has seen the Indian superhero series and need a vague image in their mind.

      That (really) shall be all.

  • It’s Not “CRITICISM”!!!

    why have you guys done dumb?

    ever read Movie reviews??? thats what criticism is!!!!

  • pratik,if you can’t tolerate it then stay off it,say your opinion “POLITELY” and then stay off it!!!

    but Here you are behaving like those “sena” people,imposing your ideology on others,being rude,idiotic and in the process trying hard to prove your self as an “assholic”!! you comments could have been said in a better way!!

  • ahhh… the good old shaktimaan days… mann… u cant call the story line weak…. it beautifully linked indian spiritual history, sadhu saint, tapasya kinda stuff with this superhero… shaktimaan was truely made in india… his superpowers were based on known sciences like yoga etc. unlike other superhero(even foreign) who are based on extraterrestrial creatures and futuristic technologies like radiation effected spiders….

    2ndly, the villians… though the villians like stone man(stoned man nice one!) or electric man sounds silly… but those days.. this was all they would afford with limited budget and technical advancement… and we didnt had proper phones those days… dont talk about googling stuff.. sounds lame…

    concluding, though now sounds stupid but shaktimaan is epitome of innocent, risk taking television industry of 90’s… they tried different stuff… comedy(filmy chakkar, dekh bhai dekh, hum paanch, shrimaan shrimati) or idiotic chat shows(jhony lever, movers shekhars) or really nice drama(shanti)… not like these days silly family drama shit…

    but really mann… u have written exceptionally well… kudos… 😀

  • Dear Siddhartha Mukherjee awesome writing….but sometimes it felt like u got too much over bound….just look at it….u brought screw rule and all…come on…we all no super heroes can do anything…..at least he had a logic…..we still see tantrics and all…they do exist….but have u ever seen a alien(superman)dropping in neighborhood????????

    have u ever seen spider web coming out of some1 ‘s hand after a spider had bitten him?????just last week a spider crawled over my friends hand…..and he got a infection….lol…..

    but shatimaan’s upbringing has a logic at least….and BTW space does hav other matters too….(it not only comprises of vacuum buddy)…and mind it…..every electron in a cell run at that speed,i.e.speed ear abou to that of light….still we can see the whole element,ryt????similarly….we can see light itself….i am giving u a beter idea….bring the concept of relativity here…..E=mc2…..shaktimaan must hav convereted to energy a that speeed…….lol

    dont say that evrythng was FALTU in it….it has somethng special…..and we know superheroes never follow nature rules yaar….

    whatevr….ur post was awesome…carry on our work….and dont forget to rip other super heroes….when our shaktimaan wud be kept in a better place than the victim(i mean the super hero in front of ur firing squad 😛 )

    Dont mind my comments…i am a bit rough at dis….and dislyk…people being Indians abusing others Indians…its true tha we make joke of them whom we love(even comedy circus and all people say this..that we make joke of u because we love u….)and we all love shaktimaan….as u mentioned in ur comment too…..but u writting always darted against him…..u never showed a bit of love….btw i liked the way u pointed evrything…..u are just awesome….munna…..likhte raho……

    • Santy, thanks for you comment. It seems to have been very meticulous. I’d love to reply in sequence, but I just cannot.

      I HAVE to mention first this.

      “every electron in a cell run at that speed,i.e.speed ear abou to that of light….still we can see the whole element,ryt????similarly….we can see light itself….i am giving u a beter idea.bring the concept of relativity here…..E=mc2…..shaktimaan must hav convereted to energy a that speeed…….lol”

      I don’t think you could be more wrong in saying this. For starters, we cannot see elctrons. For the main course, we cannot see light ‘itself’. And to top it off with a dessert, speed IS energy, and doesn’t require the mass transformation. 😀 I did lol at that, hoenstly. 😉

      And yeah, I know tantrics and all roam at large, and not aliens from outer space. Every superhero is based on something defying nature, true. And the spider infection could be bad. Get him to a medic asap. But my article was on a particular one man. See this is what I REALLY don’t understand. It’s clearly stated that this page is for satiric reviews, and ofcourse each post will have at max 1 subject. How can I shower love in the satire article? How can I put Shaktimaan in some other position that the subject here? Other reviews, definitely I will.

      Don’t take this in the wrong way in the least, I have nothing against Shaktimaan. We’re cool. I appreciate the effort put in behind the series and its reception too was good. I NEVER said everything in it is FALTU. Clearly, never. This is like a one time stand up comic you read here, and then not think about later. Maybe for a laugh, yes, but not for the sake of critic or review.

      Thank you so much for having liked the article, overall. I shall continue to write, ofcourse. There is no other way, is there? 🙂

      • offcourse not….am not asking u to shower love…but dere must be sumthing that shows ur anticipation towards it…..how evr i liked it…..but i request u from the next post be a lil generous…… 🙂 …..you are gud at it…..make it more better so that even pratik minded ppl start liking it….. 😛

    • Santy, thanks for you comment. It seems to have been very meticulous. I’d love to reply in sequence, but I just cannot.

      I HAVE to mention first this.

      “every electron in a cell run at that speed,i.e.speed ear abou to that of light….still we can see the whole element,ryt????similarly….we can see light itself….i am giving u a beter idea.bring the concept of relativity here…..E=mc2…..shaktimaan must hav convereted to energy a that speeed…….lol”

      I don’t think you could be more wrong in saying this. For starters, we cannot see elctrons. For the main course, we cannot see light ‘itself’. And to top it off with a dessert, speed IS energy, and doesn’t require the mass transformation. 😀 I did lol at that, hoenstly. 😉

      And yeah, I know tantrics and all roam at large, and not aliens from outer space. Every superhero is based on something defying nature, true. And the spider infection could be bad. Get him to a medic asap. But my article was on a particular one man. See this is what I REALLY don’t understand. It’s clearly stated that this page is for satiric reviews, and ofcourse each post will have at max 1 subject. How can I shower love in the satire article? How can I put Shaktimaan in some other position that the subject here? Other reviews, definitely I will.

      Don’t take this in the wrong way in the least, I have nothing against Shaktimaan. We’re cool. I appreciate the effort put in behind the series and its reception too was good. I NEVER said everything in it is FALTU. Clearly, never. This is like a one time stand up comic you read here, and then not think about later. Maybe for a laugh, yes, but not for the sake of critic or review.

      Thank you so much for having liked the article, overall. I shall continue to write, ofcourse. There is no other way, is there? 🙂

  • Siddhartha, honest opinion – Great work. But, I think I understand what some of the readers, just as in the Chetan Bhagat article, are trying to say. See, even I tend to go overboard with the satire sometimes and end up being too rude while making a mockery out of the characters.

    Just tone it down a little, and you will have found the perfect style for the write-ups.

  • Nice post Sid…But i would like to point out some shortcomings of this post…Although the satire and the sense of detailing you have given in this post is very impressive,i would say that you have sacrificed your intellect to entertain the mob…If you’ve researched in the right places you might have discovered an interesting of the story….

    And considering your talents it wouldn’t have taken much time to create a mockery out of a very much mockable (yea..i jus made a word…screw Merriam Webster) figure like poor old ShaktiMaan…

    Before you or anyone completely disregard the thought process behind Shaktimaan..let me share with you some fun facts…..

    1.

    There is something which we call ‘Panchabhoota’ -the basic combination of 5 elements (Don’t recall the elements from the periodic table its not the same thing) supposedly created matter in the first place.. …

    That leads me to “how could vaccum be an element???”

    I am surprised why you didnt ask how water or fire could be counted as an element…(h20 is a

    compound not an element)…

    Space is not empty..remember big bang…there are gases every where and most

    important of them being Carbon – the basis of all life and its in your body too..almost 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of the six elements oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus…I think you get how ‘space’ came there…

    2.

    I have done some research work on ancient india,the upanishads and also on many ultra modern scientific phenomena…So i would love to share the possible scientific explantation to the Shaktimaan phenomena…

    Shaktimaan raises himself to immortality through Kundalini Yoga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini)….
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundalini_yoga)

    When his sahasra chakra activates..he attains immortality…..And time,space etc. becomes irrelevant once an individual attains his ethereal form….Atleast thats what the ancient writings teach us…I find this backdrop very fascinating….Dont u think it’s way more interesting than the kryptonite story….

    As you will deeper dwell into the story you will find the storyline fascinating..especially the birth of Kilvish through a foul play in astral projection (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astral_projection)...

    3.

    I am quite sure that the advent of Internet has mammothly contributed to intelligence of the current generation..We are learning at the speed of thoughts…But it was not the case some 14 years back…I remember floppy disks having starry status at school btw…Writing a sophisticated script with sensible background at times of limited research capability is worth a standing ovation…..try writing stories for kids and you’ll know….

    4. the spinster entertained and retired…Lets show some respect..Atleast by not making a fool our of him…..Victimising is the only thing i have issues with…

    Think of the magnanimous effort and risk the poor chaps took in presenting this story to entertain us on many sundays our childhood with limited budget and without the backing of Disney or Fox.Its only that i want you and the people reading your post to acknowledge….If i offended you in any way then it was totally unintentional….

    5.I’ve put in some effort and time to write this…I am glad that you’ve reached here….

    Peace out….

  • YOU ARE STUPID IDIOT.

    Shaktimaan’s low shownigs doesn’t count. he is Mukesh Khanna(writer) himself. He can make shaktimaan(himself) as powerful as he wants. He is one of most powerful fictional characters. He can curbstomp entire marvel and dc comic verses combined.

  • well for starters i find it amusing that a guy who thinks himself “logical and rational” is illogical and irrational enough to watch superheroes !!!-doesn’t all the superpowers in all the superheroes goes against all the general rules(all logics and rationalizations) -THAT IS WHY THEY ARE CALLED SUPERHEROES and only exist in fiction.

    i am a big fan of DC and MARVEL characters but i can prove each and every one of them to be irrational and absurd if you want.

    about the poor quality of the show -it was made in 1997 with limited budget and every effect was produced by Indian animators-so shaktimaan and captain vyom are pioneers of animation and special effects in india.

    i am sure if you go down the memory lane and take out some of your old photographs you wouldn’t cry about them not being digital and HD !!!

    so leave it alone ,shaktimaan was not only a superhero who was not happy with his powers or doing it out of some compulsion- the show also gave some moral values to the kids of 90’s as he took up the task himself and worked really hard for it.

    throughout the show and even in the introductory jingle they mention that shaktimaan is not any kind of superhero or “avtaar” he is just another human who happened to work hard to understand his abilities and that every human can achieve anything if he/she is ready to work hard.!!!

  • This is how darkness (the negativity/hatred) propagates itself…….

    Try to answer these questions:

    Do you have any idea, how many little children and teenagers learnt to think about doing something good because of that show? how many of them reinvented the term “moral” in true sense? (although the tendency to showoff their overcritical mind and feeling of over smartness spoiled many of them latter….. I mean …… )

    Don’t you feel that the way he used to build up the confidence in young people of our country is simply outstanding? “Atma-Shakti” and “Atma-biswas ki shakti” was his greatest power. (he explained it in numerous episodes)

    Do you understand the philosophy underlying the show?

    Did you recognized “Tamraj kilvish” as the “darkness itself” and not any ordinary villain who is just out of his mind?

    Did you ever seen such a fine representation of inner conflict (in the mind of Gangadhar Shastri) in any other superhero at that time. Don’t you think that helped the infant minds to develop the sense of what is right and what is wrong?

    Did you understand that the entire show was not about the fight of an individual against an evil person to save the world. It was the fight of light (knowledge) against darkness (ignorance)?

    Did you ever heard of Kundalini and other ancient Indian philosophical concept before Shaktimaan started? It is the finest philosophy in the world and it was decaying, dying.

    Do you understand that the sacrifice ritual was to portray the sacrifice of all earthly bondage and purification of intellect?

    The “Elements” here are not like Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, oxygen and so on or any physical being, they are more similar to “entities”. They are “Twatwa” which is not equivalent to WESTERN concept of elements. And space is completely different from “vacuum” or nothingness. It is an element of nature indeed. To get the concept of space, I suggest you read “Brief History of Time” (Deep understanding in very easy language, targeted for laymen) or any popular book on astronomy.

    I can tell you, Shaktimaan is the only show which made me attracted towards our ancient root : spirituality and gave me a strong pride of being a citizen of a country, which is so rich in philosophy and history. And I bet, I am not the only one.

    Finally,
    Please remember one thing,
    If your childhood teachers are just 8th pass, and academically poor, and now you are a PhD holder, you must not underestimate them, because when you were at 1st grade, they used to teach you and their designation of being your teacher can not be destroyed ever.

    May be there are many loopholes, lack of logic, poor graphics and poor story line, the message it conveys and the effort to do good to society is definitely admirable.
    Although few children lost their live trying to imitate him, but that was purely unpredictable. If superman was as popular as Shaktimaan in Indian mass children, the scenario would be similar.

    I bet if serials like shaktimaan is aired again, the world will be a better place.

  • I agree with Prasenjit Adak’s views.Mr Mukherjee atleast try to make the satires sound reasonable.First of all ridiculing a superhero storyline charecter design is in itself a ridiculous idea.However since you have considered delving into this to make yourself look funny,I have no problems with that 🙂
    Trying to find out the laws of physics in an imaginary superhero series is the path of crackpot intellectuals(or rather crackpots trying to dress up as intellectuals ).
    I couldnt understand your problem with space being one of the Pancha Bhutas in Sanatan Dharma.What’s the point in bashing the SHaktimaan for this?If you want to discuss this issue,you should have written a separate post on Sanatan Dharma concepts and then addressed your problems with space being one of the elements.And for your info,space as part of pancha bhuta most probably meant the dimensions of space and not vacuum.
    When Shaktimaan first aired,google didnt even exist.Hence your point in searching up images of Shaktimaan on google makes zero sense.
    The problems of kids jumping off the terraces (in hope of Shaktimaan coming to save them),had more to do with their parents not supervising properly.I had started watching Shaktimaan as a kid of 7-8 years,I dont remember believing for even a second that Shaktimaan is a real entity.My parents had drilled this very categorically into my mind that apart from cricket,nothing on the TV is real.I dont remember any of my friends believing such fancy things.Hence the problem of some kids doing such acts should not be put on the serial itself.
    Atal Bihari Vajpayee had praised Mukesh Khanna for trying to imbibe good moral charecter among the children through the serial .SHaktimaan was a landmark show,which showed the relatively unknown aspect of Kundalini shakti and yogis mastering it to gain power.No other western superhero actually comes close to this concept.Ofcourse it is not possible for anyone to become a Shaktimaan in this present era(though kundalini can be awakened with meditation),but then it is equally impossible to become a superman or even a batman for that matter in real life.

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