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Here's why Mukesh Khanna thinks Ekta Kapoor 'murdered Mahabharat'

Mukesh Khanna who is popularly known for his role as Shaktimaan, after Sonakshi Sinha, took a jibe at producer Ekta Kapoor for "murdering Mahabharata" in the show Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki, which she produced in 2008. Mukesh had previously played the role of Bhishma in the BR Chopra’s Mahabharat that went on air in 1988 and has returned for rerun during the coronavirus lockdown.

Like Mahabharat, Shaktimaan is also set to return for a rerun on TV and Mukesh has said that while he is willing to make Shaktimaan for the younger generation, he won’t go Ekta’s way to bring back the show. Slamming Ekta’s Kahaani Hamaaray Mahaabhaarat Ki, he 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’ (Culture can never be modern, The day you try to make culture modern, the culture will be over)."

He further added, "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 (Ved Vyasa, 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."