Superman (1987)

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In this Indian take on the classic superhero story, a young baby from the doomed planet Krypton is sent to Earth, where he is adopted by an elderly couple in India who name him Shekhar. ... See full summary »



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Director: V. Madhusudan Rao
Stars: Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri, Jaya Prada, Jayamalini


Credited cast:
Urmila Bhatt ...
Superman's Dad ( Special Appearance)
Birbal ...
Birbal Chamcha
Bob Christo ...
Preeti Ganguli ...
Woman from Zambia
Rajan Haksar ...
Dinesh Hingoo ...
Puneet Issar ...
Shekhar 'Superman'
Jagdeep ...
Jankidas ...
Shakti Kapoor ...
Verma (chairman of the underworld)
Ranjeeta Kaur ...
Ashok Kumar ...
Lalita Kumari ...
Mrs. Jankidas
Guddi Maruti ...
Guddi Jhunjhunwali


In this Indian take on the classic superhero story, a young baby from the doomed planet Krypton is sent to Earth, where he is adopted by an elderly couple in India who name him Shekhar. After growing to an adult and learning about his origins and powers, he goes to the city in search of his school sweetheart, Gita, who has become a newpaper reporter. At the same time, Verma, Shekhar's rival for Gita's affection in their school days, has gone on to become a crime lord and general super-villain. Verma has hatched at plan to become rich by devastating part of India with natural disasters, then buying up all of the abandoned land. Will Superman/Shekhar be able to put a stop to Verma's evil plan? Will he win Gita's heart? Will he keep his double identity a secret? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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In Bizzaro World...
5 June 2005 | by (Seattle, Wa) – See all my reviews

...this would be the greatest movie ever!!! Well I've got to hand it to those kooky Bollywood (ahem) film makers. Their (gasp, choke) expertise had provided the world with another perfect example of why stock footage is a great thing. Actually this movie is 2 1/2 hours long and at least 40 minutes of it is special effects footage lifted off the American Superman film from 1978, and I have to admit that they are by far the best scenes in the movie. I don't speak Hindi, but a friend of mine does, and we asked him to translate the film for us. He left after 20 minutes crying that it didn't make any sense to him either. I felt sorry for him, but it actually lifted the rest of the film up the scale of "so bad, it's good" theater. This is really actually pretty good, and the random English lines help to both entertain and confuse the hell out of me. I guess that this film is an acquired taste, if you don't like things like "Plan 9 from Outerspace" or "Gymkata", or even the Batman TV series from the 1960's then don't expect to like this, but if you love bad effects, acting, and cheesy costumes, get a copy and watch Superman Indian style.

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