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Rise of the Desi Avengers: Indian superheroes have arrived to save the world

In the grand mosaic of human storytelling, superheroes have always held a special place. With their courageous feats, and unwavering dedication to justice, superheroes have been capturing the imagination of audiences worldwide for decades. While the concept of superheroes may have been popularized by the West, India stands tall as the true originator, the OG, of iconic characters with extraordinary abilities. Steeped in rich mythology and cultural heritage, Indian superheroes have long been celebrated for their universal appeal, emotional depth, and ability to inspire generations.

India’s tryst with superheroes dates back centuries, with tales of gods and goddesses from ancient Indian mythology. The foundation for the superhero genre in India was laid with figures like Hanuman, with his incredible strength and unwavering devotion, and Karna, the tragic hero with unmatched valor. They have resonated with audiences for generations, giving further impetus to the superhero genre in India.

The 90s marked a significant turning point with the advent of television, bringing iconic superheroes like Shaktimaan and Captain Vyom into the living rooms of millions. Shaktimaan, the ‘Indian Superman,’ captured the hearts of audiences with his sense of duty and righteousness, while Captain Vyom soared into space, showcasing a futuristic vision of Indian heroism.

As the new millennium dawned, Indian cinema fully immersed in the superhero genre with the blockbuster cinematic success of Krrish. The story of a young man, starring Hrithik Roshan in the lead role, with exceptional abilities, fighting for truth and justice, struck a chord with audiences of all ages, spawning a successful franchise that continues to enthrall audiences to this day.

In recent years, the rise of digital platforms has led to the landscape of Indian superheroes expanding beyond traditional consumption mediums. Platforms such as Pocket FM are leading the charge with their audio series such as – ‘Number Zero’ (140M plays), ‘Shoorveer’ (250M plays), ‘The New Avatar’ (190M plays) and ‘Super Yoddha’ (140M plays) have redefined the superhero genre, making it accessible to a new generation of listeners. With powerful storytelling, riveting soundscapes, and dynamic characters, these audio series have become a cultural phenomenon, igniting the imaginations of listeners across the country.

Suyog Gothi, Head-India and New Markets, Pocket FM on the phenomenon, stating, “We are thrilled to see the overwhelming response to our superhero audio series. In a world filled with chaos and uncertainty, superheroes serve as beacons of hope, reminding us of the power of resilience, courage, and unity. Through our platform, we aim to celebrate the rich tradition of Indian storytelling while embracing the modern mediums of audio entertainment. The success of our superhero series is a testament to the enduring appeal of these timeless characters and their ability to inspire audiences of all ages.”

The future of the genre in India continues to shine bright, with new tales waiting to be told, new heroes waiting to rise, and new adventures waiting to unfold. In a world where darkness looms, Indian superheroes stand as guardians of light, reminding us all that within each of us lies the power to be extraordinary.

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