Ranveer Singh Begs Mukesh Khanna For "Shaktimaan" Role Amid Controversy

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Posted On: Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Ranveer Singh, one of Bollywood's most dynamic actors, is currently facing challenges with his upcoming projects. Following the backlash from his announcement of "Don 3," his involvement in the much-anticipated "Shaktimaan" film adaptation is also facing hurdles. Despite ongoing discussions about Singh playing the iconic superhero, Mukesh Khanna, who originally portrayed Shaktimaan on television, has expressed strong reservations about this casting choice.
Ranveer Singh recently visited Mukesh Khanna's office in an apparent effort to resolve the discord and discuss his potential role in the film as reported by senior journalist Nasim Khan. This visit underscores Singh's commitment to the project and his desire to honor the legacy of the beloved character. Two years ago, Sony Pictures announced plans for a high-budget film adaptation of "Shaktimaan," with an investment of Rs 200-300 crore, aiming for an international level of production.
Mukesh Khanna, who became a household name for his portrayal of Shaktimaan, has been vocal about his opposition to Singh playing the role. Khanna's disapproval stems from his belief that Singh is not suited for the character. He even referenced Singh's controversial nude photoshoot, suggesting that such actions make Singh unfit to embody the moral and virtuous superhero. Khanna remarked that Singh might be better suited for roles in other markets where such behaviors are more accepted.
In response to Khanna's objections, the film's producers clarified that while Khanna had brought Shaktimaan to life on TV, he does not hold the copyright to the character. Therefore, the decision on casting lies solely with the makers of the film.
The recent meeting between Ranveer Singh and Mukesh Khanna indicates that Singh is keen on finding common ground and garnering Khanna's support for his portrayal of Shaktimaan. Interestingly, all of Khanna's previous critical posts about Singh on YouTube and Instagram have been removed, suggesting a possible softening of his stance or a strategic move to reduce public controversy.
While it's not yet confirmed, Singh's persistent efforts to engage with Khanna point towards a resolution that could see him officially take on the role. The situation remains fluid, but the meeting is a positive sign for fans eager to see a modern rendition of the iconic superhero on the big screen.
The journey to bring "Shaktimaan" to cinemas continues to be a complex one, marked by public disagreements and behind-the-scenes negotiations. Ranveer Singh's visit to Mukesh Khanna's office is a testament to his dedication to the role and his respect for the original portrayal of the character. As developments unfold, fans of "Shaktimaan" await with bated breath to see if Singh can bridge the gap and step into the legendary superhero's shoes, potentially ushering in a new era for this beloved franchise.

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