Shaktimaan, played by TV legend Mukesh Khanna (best remembered for his iconic role as Bheesh Pitamah in BR Chopra's Mahabharat), originally appeared on TV screens in 1997. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
'Shakti, Shakti Shaktimaan...Shakti, Shakti Shaktimaan'- Every 90s kid across India remembers these lines by heart. So when Doordarshan, India's national broadcaster decided to go in total rewind mode for 21-day coronavirus lockdown, a very nostalgic Indian Twitter unanimously demanded the return of the superhero. Shaktimaan, played by TV legend Mukesh Khanna (best remembered for his iconic role as Bheesh Pitamah in BR Chopra's Mahabharat), originally appeared on TV screens in 1997. In no time, it became immensely popular among kids. Such was the fan following that Khanna had to request kids not to imitate his swirling action. These are some of the best reactions from Twitter.
On Saturday, #Ramayan and #Mahabharat became the top trend on Twitter as users took to social media to post pictures of their TV and family uniting to watch the show while practicing social distancing. Some even shared tills from the show with fond childhood memories and how till date it is etched in their hearts. The announcement of broadcasting the old episodes of Ramayan and Mahabharat was made by Information and Broadcasting Minister on Friday. The Union Minister took to Twitter to inform about the ministry's decision. In response to Javadekar's announcement, Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar thanked him for his 'guidance'. In a series of tweets, Shekhar also expressed his gratitude for the Sagar family for their contribution. The announcement comes after the social media witnessed a deluge of posts by users demanding the rerun of the mythology-based shows such as Ramayana and Mahabharata during the coronavirus lockdown.