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11 Superheroes In Bollywood Films Who Flew Under The Radar & Are Pretty Much Forgotten Now

11 Superheroes In Bollywood Films Who Flew Under The Radar & Are Pretty Much Forgotten Now

Ever since the release of Spider-Man in 2002, superhero films became a talking point among the movie buffs. And after the release of Iron Man in 2008 that led to the launch of Marvel Cinematic Universe, superhero films turned into box office juggernaut that have now become a formula of success. 

While Hollywood often gets it right when it comes to the superhero genre in movies, the Hindi film industry or Bollywood as it is popularly known, stays miles behind. 

Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish remains the most successful superhero in Bollywood followed by Anil Kapoor’s Mr India, Amitabh Bachchan’s vigilante in Shahenshah and Shah Rukh Khan’s G.One in Ra.One. 

A few years back, Tiger Shroff too tried his hands at superhero movies but failed miserably as A Flying Jatt turned out to be a critical as well as a commercial misfire. 

Among the current crop of actors, Abhishek Bachchan too tried to be an on-screen superhero with the 2008 dud Drona, a poor rip-off of Harry Potter films where Abhishek’s superhero character moves around in sherwani for a costume, literally. 

These are not the only superheroes seen in Bollywood movies. There have been several others that flew under the radar. Take a look at some of the lesser-known superheroes in Bollywood below: 

1. Shiva Ka Insaaf (1985)

Shiva Ka Insaaf (1985) © Rupam Pictures

Touted to be Bollywood’s first 3D movie, Shiva Ka Insaaf stars Jackie Shroff in the lead role of a superhero named Shiva. 

Years later in 2016, Tiger Shroff played a superhero in A Flying Jatt that was quite similar to the superhero character played by his father in the 1985 film. The movie failed at the box office.

2. Maharaja (1998)

Maharaja (1998) © Navachitra Productions

Govinda, at the peak of his career, when he was churning out one comedy hit after the other, decided to shift gears and turned into a desi superhero Kohinoor in Maharaja. 

What was Maharaja’s superpower, you ask? Well, he could talk to animals, melt metal and set things on fire by his mere look. Literally, if looks could kill. 

Unlike other Govinda films of the era, Maharaja was a flop despite a fair amount of hype around its release.

3. Bal Bramhachari (1996)

Bal Bramhachari (1996) © Prakash Mehra Productions

Legendary actor Rajkumar’s son Puru Rajkumar made his Bollywood debut with the 1996 film Bal Bramhachari where he possessed special powers including super strength thanks to the blessings of Lord Hanuman. 

The Prakash Mehra directorial bombed at the box office. 

4. Toofan (1989)

Toofan (1989) © MKD Films Combine

In 1988, Amitabh Bachchan played Shahenshah. The movie went on to become a success and gained cult status over the years. 

A year later, in 1989, he once again turned to the superhero genre with the crossbow-wielding Toofan. But this time, things didn’t fall into place as the film failed to make a mark. 

5. Ajooba (1991)

Ajooba (1991) © Aasia Films Pvt Ltd

Big B was not yet done being a superhero on the big screen as he donned the cape once again with Shashi Kapoor’s big-budget epic fantasy Ajooba. 

The movie turned out to be a massive box office bomb. 

6. Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988) 

Khatron Ke Khiladi (1988) © Jagapathi Internationals

Dharmendra played a Batman-esque vigilante called Teesri Adalat in this 1988 film also starring Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit, Chunky Panday and Neelam. 

Similar to Batman, he even drove a Batmobile kinda four-wheeler in the film. The film was a success at the box office. 

7. Zokkomon (2011)

Zokkomon (2011) © Disney

After Taare Zameen Par, Darsheel Safary starred in and as superhero Zokkomon. The movie co-starring Anupam Kher and Manjari Phadnis flopped. 

8. Alag (2006)

Alag (2006) © Subi Samuel Movies Pvt. Ltd.

In this box office disaster, Akshay Kapoor played a man with psychic superpowers. The sci-fi film also starred Dia Mirza and Tom Alter. 

9. Mr X (2015)

Mr X (2015) © Fox Star Studios

Emraan Hashmi played a cop with invisibility as his superpower. The Vikram Bhatt directorial was inspired by the 1964 film Mr X in Bombay starring Kishore Kumar. 

10. Lo Main Aa Gaya (1999)

Lo Main Aa Gaya (1999) © Jenma Films International

Starring Govinda’s nephew Vinay Anand, Lo Main Aa Gaya is the only Hindi film directed by Marathi stalwart Mahesh Kothare. 

The lead character in the film is a police constable who gets the powers of Lord Hanuman. 

11. Superman (1987)

Superman (1987) © Fine Art Pictures

This isn’t exactly an Indian superhero but Bollywood did try to Indianise Superman with this 1987 dud of the same name. 

In the film, Puneet Issar played Superman while Dharmendra played the character of his father inspired by Marlon Brando’s role in the 1978 Hollywood superhero classic Superman starring Christopher Reeve.