Anil Kapoor is an actor of great repertoire; the actor who started his career with blink and miss role in films, such as Hum Paanch (1980) and Shakti (1982). He got his first leading role in the 1983 Hindi film Woh Saath Din and has since delivered excellent performances in his career spanning over 30 years.
Anil Kapoor- A Man of Many Talents
Anil Kapoor’s first role in an international film was in Danny Boyle’s (2008) Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Though a small role; he managed to receive rave reviews from the critics for his portrayal as the host of the show which figures in the movie.
Since the success of Slumdog Millionare, the actor has somewhat shifted his base to Hollywood. In the last few years we have seen very little of him on the silver screen. This time he’s back to entertain the audiences; though on the small screen with the Indian Adaptation of the hit American crime series- ‘24’. In 2010, Kapoor starred in the eighth season of the American television series 24, portraying Omar Hassan, President of the fictional Islamic Republic of Kamistan.
To give you a brief idea about the show; I would like to give you a tit-bit about the original series; 24 is an American television series produced for Fox Network and syndicated worldwide, starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer. Each 24-episode season covers 24 hours in the life of Bauer, using the real time method of narration. Premiering on November 6, 2001, the show spanned 192 episodes over eight seasons, with the series finale broadcast on May 24, 2010.
Seeing the success of the original, Anil has acquired the remake rights for the American TV success, 24, reportedly for an amount of INR 1 billion. It took him about 1.5 years to license the rights to create an Indian rendition of the popular TV show. Kapoor steps into the protagonist’s (Jack Bauer) role, as well. Mandira Bedi plays the character of Nina Myers.
In Indian Television today; where saas-bahu dramas and dance-based reality shows start with much fanfare with many winding up within less than 3 months of launch; 24 is a welcome change.
Cast and Crew
Mr.Kapoor has managed a casting coup of sorts; he has assembled a very talented team, with actors like Anupam Kher (cameo), Mandira Bedi, Yuri Suri, Pooja Ruparel, Adhir Bhatt, Ajinkya Deo, Rahul Singh, Priyanka Bose and Rahul Khanna playing pivotal roles in the series; this one seems to be a power packed series. If that was not enough to get you interested, the first season is directed by Abhinay Deo, known for his black comedy film Delhi Belly, written by Rensil D’Silva (the writer of films such as Rang De Basanti, Kurbaan and Aks) and Bhavani Iyer (writer of Black, Guzaarish, Lootera) and is supervised by Manisha Sharma. The ability to manage to get such a talented team personifies the dedication and effort taken up by Mr. Kapoor to make ’24’ a success.
’24’, the Indian adaptation of American series, retains all the elements of the original. The show is set in Mumbai (Bombay) and the main set of the Counter Terrorism Unit is a replica of the one in the original series.
The American Series was a successful franchise riding high, thanks to a very interesting and well detailed script. It had a slow start with the first two seasons taking its time to establish the characters but it soon found its loyal audience. 24 was critically acclaimed, winning numerous awards over its eight seasons, including Best Drama Series at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards and Outstanding Drama Series at the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards. At the conclusion of its eighth and final season, 24 became the longest-running espionage-themed television drama ever, surpassing both Mission: Impossible and The Avengers.
A tough task lies ahead for Mr. Kapoor and team to recreate the same magic of the original, though they seem all guns ablaze. The show has not only survived a few weeks of television now, but has seen some of the highest TRPs in the history of Indian television.
Why it’s different
Till now the show looks interesting with some of the characters clearly based on some of the influential political figures in India. The most important thing here is the fact that captain of the ship or as we call the director of the show is headed by a single person rather than the usual setup of multiple people donning the responsibility for other television shows; this gives a better opportunity for the director to create his vision on the small screen. Also, the entire production value is top notch; shows which we watch are usual shot in a studio which creates repetitiveness after the certain period of time. Also, the writers of the show are people who have been responsible of some of the best Bollywood stories of recent times.
As Anil Kapoor said, 24 will create a new Indian audience. If the Indian adaptation manages to retrieve even 50 percent of the original; I feel the job is done by Mr.Kapoor.
As an admirer of Mr. Kapoor; his body of work just suggests one thing: 24 is not just another Indian Adaptation to an American series; it would create a niche of itself. I hope the initial buzz on the show contines throughout it’s time of running; and the show is as ‘jhakas’ as expected.
By Ish Chandok
Image Source: Facebook@JACK 24 BAUER Lovers