I know a lot of people might be thinking that the No.1 show of the week should be Bigg Boss or Diya aur Baati but this countdown isn’t about the Top 5 in terms of TRP’s but about the best show in terms of overall competence. This week’s top show is Anil Kapoor’s 24; it has refined how television shows are made in India. Last week on the show, Jay Singh Rathod (Anil Kapoor) successfully stopped an attempt by the terrorists to assassinate the Next Prime Minister. We also saw Jay Singh’s family being held captive by them and Jiya being the culprit in the Anti Terrorist Unit (ATU) team. The week ended with the entry of Shabana Azmi in a special appearance as the new Anti Terrorist Unit (ATU) chief and Jay Singh Rathod being framed as the man behind the assassination attempt.
The Hindi version of 24 is the first ever adaptation of the show; the Indian rights for which were acquired from Fox and 24 producer Howard Gordon by Anil Kapoor Films. The Indian adaptation of the 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 show follows the life of Jay Singh Rathod, chief of the Anti Terrorist Unit, ATU and the challenges he faces in different walks of his life.
The show is unlike any other show on Indian Television. Those who have seen the American Series will be surprised at the amounting of detailing put in. The show has been beautifully shot with some new methods like the triple screen effect which is something not used in Indian Television; even the action sequences are of the quality of Hindi films.
The suspense and surprise tango is well put up; Rensil D’Silva, the chief writer should receive all the credit for this, there isn’t a dull moment in any of the sequences. In a show spanning just 24 hours in story line, it’s difficult to entertain the audience. Also, with a concept the Indian Audience is not accustomed to, it has managed to the entertain us.
Last week was the best of the show since its launch and I just hope it grows leaps and bounds. I would like to give 4.5 out of 5 to the show’s entertainment quotient.
Mr. Kapoor has managed a casting coup of sorts; assembling 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 show 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.
Last week’s episodes not only open some of the entangled plots and surprised the audiences with some revelations; it also showed how a great team results in a great concept and execution. The show maintains the crux of the original, but the content is not only as per the Indian sentiments but is also top notch. The direction, writing, dialogues all are in great form. The thing I loved was the edgy storytelling which not only keeps you on your toes but makes television viewing better than ever.
I would like to give 4.75 out of 5 to the show’s casting quotient.
Anil Kapoor is the captain of the ship and he truly sails it. His performance as Jay Singh Rathod would surely win him numerous accolades. Mandira Bedi is equally commendable in her role, giving support to Anil. The introduction of Shabana Azmi, the powerhouse of talent, makes me wait for next week.
Value of Time
24 Series is one of the most monumental shows to ever grace the small screen; with admiration from all corners of the world by starlets like Tom Cruise and the makers of the original series. I am sure 24 will go on to achieve unanimous success. It is of every value of your time.
By Ish Chandok
Video Source: On the sets of Anil Kapoor’s 24-NDTV