Our Bollywood heroes have always been portrayed as larger than life on the movie screen; they not only have the knowhow and charm to woo the most beautiful girl in their village/town/city, they also have the strength and fighting skills to out fight more than ten seriously tough looking goons and of course win the day and hearts of the movie goers even while they sing songs around the trees. We Indians take it all this masala as a matter of course, even though we know that the Bollywood heroes are mere mortals, just like us. So, obviously our expectations of a Bollywood superhero that has some extraordinary skills and power are sky high, for our regular heroes seem to satisfy our need for superheroism. Be it Salman Khan, Aamir Khan or Shahrukh Khan, they all can kick serious ass!

Bollywood has experimented with superheroes, but not always with success. With the present generation being familiar with the latest technology driven Hollywood superhero movies which are fantastically expensive to make, they are unable to bear up with the shoddy production values of Bollywood superhero movies which largely suffer because of lack of money and will. Some Bollywood movies that had a superhero in them include:

Bollywood Superheroes – Superman

Bollywood Superheroes - Superman

Bollywood Superheroes – Return of Mr. Superman

Bollywood Superheroes - Return of Mr. Superman

1960 saw the release of two Superman remakes of the Hollywood movie. Both the movies featured actor Jairaj in the title role along with actress Nirupa Roy. One was named Return of Mr. Superman while the other one was simply titled Superman. Both the movies retold the Superman saga differently, thanks to their different directors.

Bollywood Superheroes – Shiva ka Insaaf

Bollywood Superheroes - Shiva ka Insaaf’

1985 saw the release India’s first 3D film, ‘Shiva ka Insaaf’ which had Jackie Shroff playing the role of Bhola who is also known as Shiva and who gets to get his revenge with the help of some supernatural weapons. The movie failed at the box office.

Bollywood Superheroes – Indian Superman

Bollywood Superheroes - Indian Superman

In 1987,Puneet Issar, played Superman, Indian style in the appropriately titled film  ‘Indian Superman’. The director used the basic plot of the Superman story and retold it in a regular Bollywood style.

 Bollywood Superheroes - Mr. India

 Bollywood Superheroes - Mr. India

 Bollywood Superheroes - Mr. India

 Bollywood Superheroes - Mr. India

Mr. India is one of the first Bollywood superhero films that hit its mark at the box office in the year 1987. This Shekhar Kapur directed film had actor Anil Kapoor playing the role of a man who could become invisible. This movie was a huge hit with the movie goers who loved the movie, its special effects, Sridevi at her best and also its colorful and memorable villain- Amrish Puri as Mogambo.

 Bollywood Superheroes - Shaktimaan

 Bollywood Superheroes - Shaktimaan

1997 saw the introduction of a Hindi Superhero TV show titled Shaktimaan with Mukesh Khanna playing the titular role. The story was similar to the concept of Superman; innocuous photographer who actually is a man with awesome superpowers. This TV character caught the imagination of the people and was a huge success

 Bollywood Superheroes - Koi… Mil Gaya

Bollywood Superheroes - Koi... Mil Gaya

The Rakesh Roshan directed film Koi… Mil Gaya was released in 2003 to great commercial acclaim. This Hrithik Roshan starrer had Hrithik playing the role of a man with simple mental powers who gains supernatural powers thanks to an alien.

Bollywood Superheroes - Krrish

Bollywood Superheroes - Krrish

Bollywood Superheroes - Krrish

Bollywood Superheroes - Krrish

The film Krrish was a 2006 sequel to the film Koi… Mil Gaya and had Hrithik playing the title role in this Rakesh Roshan directed film. This movie too, managed to hit the bulls eye at the box office. The film received not only the National Award, but also the Filmfare Award for its special effects as well as Best Actor Awards for Hrithik. The third film in the series is currently in the pipeline.

Bollywood Superheroes - Drona

Bollywood Superheroes - Drona

Bollywood Superheroes - Drona

Bollywood Superheroes - Drona

Bollywood Superheroes - Drona

Bollywood Superheroes - Drona

The 2008 film Drona was directed by Goldie Behl and had Abhishek Bachchan playing the lead role. No expense was spared to make the film a feast for the eyes, but it was all in vain because the movie goers summarily dismissed the film making it a huge flop.

Bollywood Superheroes - Zokkomon

Bollywood Superheroes - Zokkomon

The children’s film Zokkomon was released in 2011. The film was co-produced by Walt Disney Pictures and had Darsheel Safary playing the superhero. This movie could not please either the kids or the adults.

Bollywood Superheroes - Ra.One

Bollywood Superheroes - Ra.One

2011 was also the release of Shahrukh Khan starrer Ra.One. Though the real superhero was G. One played by Shahrukh, this film was titled after the villain who was played by Arjun Rampal. This dream project of Shahrukh couldn’t manage to get the movie goers interested enough to go see the movie and was a huge disaster at the box office.