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24 is an Indian television series based on the American series of the same name, made in the Hindi language. The show, written by Rensil D'Silva and directed by Abhinay Deo, stars 24 season 8 actor Anil Kapoor, also a producer, in the lead role. 24 premiered on October 4, 2013 on the Viacom-owned Colors channel, airing twice-weekly, and concluded on December 21, 2013. Set in Mumbai, India, the series is a close adaptation of the first season of 24, following Anti Terrorist Unit (ATU) director Jai Singh Rathod's efforts to thwart the assassination of Indian Prime Minister candidate Aditya Singhania, while his own family comes under threat from the perpetrators.

The first season of 24 was a massive success, garnering accolades and high viewership. A second season, titled 24: Live Another Day, was announced for 2014[1] but is now scheduled for late 2015[2].

CastEdit

Of his role as the new series' Jack Bauer analogue, Kapoor said that the character "is also constantly torn between the family and the country. He has an army background which we have maintained and the show will have an anti-terrorist cell like the original's CTU."[3]
Mandira Bedi replaced original actress Priyanka Bose.

CrewEdit

Differences from the originalEdit

24 India TV show promo poster

Promotional poster for the first season's premiere

For the most part, the series closely hews to the plot of the American series, substituting Mumbai for Los Angeles and featuring the fictional Anti Terrorist Unit. There are a number of significant changes from the American series:

  • Names, places, and nationalities are adjusted to reflect the new setting. The primary antagonists are members of a Tamil separatist group called the LTFE, inspired by the real-life Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE for short, commonly referred to as the "Tamil Tigers") in Sri Lanka. The LTFE leader, Ravindran, and his sons Raja and Bala play a similar role as Victor Drazen and his sons in the original first season.
  • The political story arc, which followed David Palmer discovering a cover-up perpetrated by his own wife and children, is entirely rewritten; Singhania is unmarried, and instead contends with a scandal involving his mother and siblings that is directly connected to the threat against his life. Over the course of the season, it is revealed that Aditya's brother-in-law, as well as one of his family members - his mother, cousin Prithvi, or sister Divya - is in league with the masterminds of the assassination attempt. In the finale, Divya is exposed as the inside connection and arrested.[2]
  • Aditya has only one press secretary, Pooja, who appears to have parts of Patty Brooks, Elizabeth Nash and Jessica Abrams written into her role- but unlike Patty, she does not spy or have feelings for Aditya, and like Elizabeth, was secretly seeing Bala (the Alexis Drazen role equivalent).
  • The journalist Mehek Ahuja, based on Maureen Kingsley, also has elements of Dr George Ferragamo, being in touch longer with the Singhania family (one of whom was her source of the story), and actively trying to push the story, although her motivation is different- and eventually getting killed before coming on air with the story.
  • The Jonathan Matijevich character has no name, even in credits, and a longer role to play, beyond the first attempt on Aditya's life. He then kills Mehek Ahuja under orders from Aditya's aunt, then attempts to kill Trisha and Kiran in the safehouse. He also does most of the work otherwise done by Jovan Myovic, whose counterpart appears briefly in only two episodes, one being the final.
  • The Nina Myers character, Nikita Rai, is not revealed to be an enemy agent, instead serving loyally throughout the season. The Jamey Farrell character, Jiah, is the only mole inside ATU, and takes her own life after being arrested. This also means Nikita will continue working with ATU in season two, probably taking over the role given to Michelle Dessler in the original.
  • This show does not have a character directly based on Mike Novick, as a result of the structure and background of Aditya's family and associates being changed so heavily. Much of his work is initially done by Prithvi, Aditya's cousin, with an original character, CBI Agent Bhagwat, to carry forward his work later on.
  • The make-up and outcome of Jack Bauer's family are altered. Rathod has a teenage son, Veer, enrolled at a military academy, in addition to a daughter. Beginning in "3:00pm-4:00pm," the family's story begins to diverge from the original - Trisha and Kiran manage to kill the assassin sent to kill them at the safe house, while Veer assumes a similar role to Kim Bauer in the latter half of Season 1, being mistakenly arrested for a drug deal and then kidnapped by the engineers of the assassination threat.
  • Rathod's wife, Trisha, is hospitalized late in the season and dies during the season finale, mirroring Teri Bauer's death at the end of Season 1.

ProductionEdit

Kapoor acquired the rights to 24 from Fox and 24 executive producer Howard Gordon through his production company, Anil Kapoor Film Co. after Gordon introduced him to Fox's head of international television, Marion Edwards. In April 2013, Bollywood screenwriter Rensil D'Silva and director Abhinay Deo were announced as the series' writer and director. The series is filmed on location in Mumbai, India.

The size and scope of the production was described as unprecedented for Indian television. Colors CEO Raj Nayak said that 24 was "going to be one of our big scale budgeted shows - as big as one of our non-fiction reality shows," while Kapoor stated that "there will be scenes with hundreds of thousands of people." In addition, Kapoor noted that Fox personnel participated in the production with the hope of replicating "the same kind of work culture and value systems that I experienced during my stint on 24."[3]

Kiefer Sutherland, who remained in contact with Kapoor after they starred together in Season 8, expressed interest in appearing on the new series in a cameo role as his Jack Bauer character.[7]

Overseas airings or lack thereofEdit

While Colors does have international versions available on satellite and cable television that air their programmes with subtitles near to transmission date, the show has not yet been aired outside India due to "right issues" that a Colors spokesman hoped would be resolved at some point[8].

The episodes were available online through the Colors website, but in Hindi only.

EpisodesEdit

24Edit

Title Number Original Airdate
"12:00am-1:00am" 1 October 4, 2013
"1:00am-2:00am" 2 October 5, 2013
"2:00am-3:00am" 3 October 11, 2013
"3:00am-4:00am" 4 October 12, 2013
"4:00am-5:00am" 5 October 18, 2013
"5:00am-6:00am" 6 October 19, 2013
"6:00am-7:00am" 7 October 25, 2013
"7:00am-8:00am" 8 October 26, 2013
"8:00am-9:00am" 9 November 1, 2013
"9:00am-10:00am" 10 November 2, 2013
"10:00am-11:00am" 11 November 8, 2013
"11:00am-12:00pm" 12 November 9, 2013
"12:00pm-1:00pm" 13 November 15, 2013
"1:00pm-2:00pm" 14 November 16, 2013
"2:00pm-3:00pm" 15 November 22, 2013
"3:00pm-4:00pm" 16 November 23, 2013
"4:00pm-5:00pm" 17 November 29, 2013
"5:00pm-6:00pm" 18 November 30, 2013
"6:00pm-7:00pm" 19 December 6, 2013
"7:00pm-8:00pm" 20 December 7, 2013
"8:00pm-9:00pm" 21 December 13, 2013
"9:00pm-10:00pm" 22 December 14, 2013
"10:00pm-11:00pm" 23 December 20, 2013
"11:00pm-12:00am" 24 December 21, 2013

24: Live Another DayEdit

Title Number Original Airdate
"Episode 1" 1 2014

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Prashant Singh (December 1, 2013). After 24, Anil Kapoor to adapt another hit American show. Retrieved on January 15, 2014.
  2. Girija Narayan, Filmibeat. "Anil Kapoor's 24 Season 2 Shooting To Start In May" March 17, 2015. http://www.filmibeat.com/television/news/2015/anil-kapoors-24-season-2-shooting-to-start-in-may-177004.html Retrieved June 21, 2015
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nyay Bushan (November 26, 2012). Indian Version of '24' to Air on Viacom18's Colors Channel (Exclusive). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  4. Mandira Bedi turns government agent for Anil Kapoor's 24 (30 May 2013). Retrieved on June 24, 2013.
  5. Tisca Chopra in Anil Kapoor's 24 - Times Of India
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Meet the Impressive Cast of Anil Kapoor's 24. Colors. Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  7. Kiefer Sutherland to speak Hindi?. DNA India (April 29, 2013). Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  8. Foreign TV imports left out for international viewers BizAsia UK October 6, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014

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