Anil Kapoor: 24 would be a completely new experience for India
Indian adaptation of action thriller television series 24 has been formally announced and Anil Kapoor is expectedly gung ho. While he is confident that the first season of the series would pave the way for a lot more to come, he isn't worried about the fact that a segment of audience has already seen the hugely popular original Hollywood series which had enjoyed a continued successful run of eight seasons during the decade gone by.
"See, first of all the true situation is that hardly anyone in India has seen the Western version of '24'. The percentage of people who have watched it would be not even 0.1%. It is a very miniscule audience, the real niche ones who have been diehard fans of the series right from 2001. That was long time back," says Anil Kapoor who is reprising the part played by Kiefer Sutherland.
In the Hindi adaptation which has Abhinay Deo as the series director, Anil Kapoor plays the part of Jai Singh Rathore who is the Chief of Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU).
"India is a very vast country with a population of over a billion people. For a lot of people out there, it would be a completely new experience In fact even for those people who have seen the original, there is a lot to enjoy. After all, ours is an adaptation and there are altogether new twists and turns. They too would love to see what we have done in India," says Kapoor.
After featuring in one of the seasons of the original '24' with Sutherland, he hasn't got the chance to show the actor some of the episodes from his adaptation.
"I did send portions of the series to Howard Gordon (of '24') though and he sent me a congratulatory message," adds Kapoor, "My entire team out here in India has put its heart and soul into '24' in order to at least meet up to the Hollywood version. I am sure the results are going to be worth it."
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