Veteran actor Mukesh Khanna has recently slammed Ekta Kapoor for murdering Mahabharata in the show Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki, which she produced in 2008. In an interview to a leading newspaper, the actor said that he wants to make a new version of Shaktiman but he doesn’t want to slaughter it as Ekta Kapoor did the epic Mahabharata which went on-air in 1988.
“I can’t let anyone murder Shaktimaan as Ekta has murdered Mahabharata. I had talks with big television production companies but things didn’t work out because it didn’t fall in their strategy. It’s their loss as whoever makes Shaktimaan will earn money. Now, I have a deal with someone,” Mukesh Khanna said in a statement.
Talking about Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki, Khanna said, “The new version of Shaktimaan cannot be the way Ekta Kapoor made Mahabharata (in 2008) by putting a tattoo on Draupadi’s shoulder. She had said that she was making Mahabharata for modern people. Sanskriti kabhi modern nahi ho sakti, putri. Jis din Sanskriti ko modern karoge, khatam ho jayegi.”
He further said, “If the serial name would be Kyunki Greek Bhi Kabhi Hindustani the, then I would accept Ekta’s Mahabharat. Who has given them the right to slaughter an epic? They have changed the actual version of Devarath’s ‘Bhishma Pratigya’ to something else and created a vamp-like image for Satyavati, among other things in the show. They tried to be smarter than Vyas muni, who wrote Mahabharata to which I have an objection. I want to point out that Ramayana and Mahabharata are not mythologies, they are our histories.”
Ekta Kapoor has not yet responded to Mukesh Khanna’s remarks.
(Source: Mumbai Mirror)