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Indo-Asian News Service
Mumbai, June 26, 2013
Actor Mukesh Khanna, who became popular after playing superhero in Shaktimaan, is coming up with a 75-minute telefilm titled Hamaara Hero Shaktimaan, in which he plays Shaktimaan again. He says only he can play Shaktimaan.

"I can't make Akshay Kumar Shaktimaan, I can't let Ajay Devgn play Shaktimaan. They are good actors. I can't even let Shah Rukh Khan play Shaktimaan because they don't have the image that I have," the 54-year-old said here Monday at a press conference to announce the telefilm that will go on air June 30 on Pogo channel.

"So I have to do this (play Shaktimaan) and I would say that I have that audacity to play Shaktimaan again because there was nobody before Mukesh Khanna," he added.

Produced by Mukesh and directed by Dinkar Jani, Shaktimaan originally aired on Doordarshan and was super successful. Shaktimaan is said to be India's first superhero.

In the last few years Bollywood too churned out superhero films like Ra.One, Krrish and the forthcoming Krrish 3, but for Mukesh, they are not superheroes.

"Krrish is not a superhero. He has just saved his father, now he can become a superhero when he is saving the whole world (in Krrish 3). Ra. One is definitely not a superhero," Khanna said and added: "I am sorry, maybe Shah Rukh might feel bad, but Ra. One is not a superhero."

He added: "You can call Ra.One, Terminator, a good film on special effects. But sorry to say Ra.One is not a superhero.