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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, will air in 2014.[1]


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."[2]
Mandira Bedi replaced original actress Priyanka Bose.


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.
  • When Trisha and Abhay go searching for Kiran, instead of going to a department store, they search at a dub-step laden nightclub.
  • 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]
  • Wasim Kahn, the Richard Walsh character, meets with the informant (who takes the place of Scott Baylor) in a local movie theater as opposed to a federal building. When the informant is shot in front of him and Walsh is injured and runs for cover after dropping his weapon as opposed to limping away injured, gun-in-hand. Later, when Jai Singh appears, he manages to gesture towards one of the gunmen and engage in a gunfight together with Jai Singh.
  • The Mandy character, Mehrm meets up with the show's equivalent of Bridget but the latter does not occupant Mehr on any of her other criminal dealings, she only destroys evidence including Mehr's parachute kit by burning it on the ground and is never seen again after that while the original show's version had her killed by Ira Gaines.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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."[2]

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.[6]

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[7].

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



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


  1. Prashant Singh (December 1, 2013). After 24, Anil Kapoor to adapt another hit American show. Retrieved on January 15, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. Mandira Bedi turns government agent for Anil Kapoor's 24 (30 May 2013). Retrieved on June 24, 2013.
  4. Tisca Chopra in Anil Kapoor's 24 - Times Of India
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Meet the Impressive Cast of Anil Kapoor's 24. Colors. Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  6. Kiefer Sutherland to speak Hindi?. DNA India (April 29, 2013). Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  7. Foreign TV imports left out for international viewers BizAsia UK October 6, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014

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