MUMBAI — Indian star Amitabh Bachchan is all set to play a superhero for the first time on the small screen in the new 52-episode animated series “Astra Force.”

“Astra Force,” a funny and fast-paced action-adventure series filled with laughs and thrills, tells the story of a mythical hero from a distant world who was stranded on Earth millions of years ago after a space battle.

Bachchan, 72, revealed this is the first animated character that has been offered to him.

“I liked the idea. I gave nod to this because I was never associated with something like this. It is a great way to connect with children.

“Astra is a superhero who has physical superpowers. The kids will learn some lessons from this. But it is not going to be preachy,” Bachchan told PTI in an exclusive interview here.

When an eight-year-old twin brother and sister accidentally awaken the mythical superhero from his long hibernation, they must teach him about the modern world and join Astra to save the universe.

Astra’s new young friends must also hide the superhero from their parents and deal with his insatiable hunger for modern desserts.

The show is slated to air on Disney Channel India in 2017.

“At Disney, we believe in showcasing great stories with compelling characters. It is imperative to get the local texture right for any story to resonate and emotionally connect with the viewers.

“With Mr. Bachchan associating with ‘Astra Force,’ we will be bringing an interesting facet to storytelling in the local animation space,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of Disney India.

Graphic India, who is partnering with Disney Channel India for the show, said no one but Bachchan could play a superhero on TV.

“Amitabh Bachchan is a real life superhero to millions including myself … so it’s no surprise that he is the perfect person to become immortalized in this new animated avatar,” said Sharad Devarajan, CEO and co-founder of Graphic India.

Sharing his favorite animated characters, the “Piku” star said, “As a kid I used to play outdoor games, listen to radio, see Mickey Mouse cartoon, Batman, Laurel and Hardy.”

Graphic India will be launching the character in a series of digital and print comic books available through a special Facebook comic application that will tap into Bachchan’s large social media following.

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