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Superman (1987)

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 ... See full summary »

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Urmila Bhatt ...
Superman's Dad ( Special Appearance)
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Birbal Chamcha
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Bob
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Superman's Biological Father (Special Appearance)
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Woman from Zambia
Rajan Haksar ...
Goga
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Rustom
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Shekhar 'Superman'
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Towffle
Jankidas ...
Jankidas
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Verma (chairman of the underworld)
Ranjeeta Kaur ...
Superman's Biological Mother
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Superman's Foster Father
Lalita Kumari ...
Mrs. Jankidas
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Guddi Jhunjhunwali
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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 newspaper 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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Borrows several minutes of footage and a sound bite from Superman (1978). See more »

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The Indian non-musical Superman
31 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Still technically inept, and ridiculously overlong, but this second (at least) Indian adaptation of Superman is kind of amusing in its derivativeness.

At times note-for-note copy of Christopher Reeve's first Superman film, even lifts the bulk of its special effects and flying footage from that film. When it does, and when we see this bloated, blubbery Superman in action, this is kind of fun, in a zany, slapstick, nearly satirical way. Sadly though, the filmmakers felt the need to drag this out to two hours, padding the runtime with mindless, pointless shenanigans, and bathroom toilet jokes.

We see Superman telepathically unwraps loaves of bread, and moves plates and sets the dinner table, again, all telepathically, in an oddly Dada-inspired moment, reminding me of something Hans Richter might have done, but filmed in colour.

Some footage of him flying is achieved by spinning the came in a complete 360-degree turn, while a still photo of him is placed in the centre of the screen. Even worse (or, funnier) some of the special effects scenes really look as though the camera was filming a television set playing the 1978 Superman, when Superman flies round the Earth to run time backward!

Nutty, zany, zero-budget ripoff, but it has a few more laughs than the 1980 Indian musical Superman, however, like that film, this just goes on and on forever.


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