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24, sometimes referred to as 24: India, is an Indian television series based on the American series of the same name, made in the Hindi language. The show, primarily written by Renzil 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.

The first season of 24 was a massive success, garnering accolades and high viewership. A second season, after many delays, began filming in November 2015 and will air two episodes per week from July 23 to October 9, 2016. [1]

Series overview Edit

24 India TV show promo poster

Promotional poster for the first season's premiere

Season 1 (2013) Edit

Main article: Season 1

Season 1 of 24 is a close adaptation of the first season of the original 24, following Anti Terrorist Unit (ATU) director Jai Singh Rathod's efforts to thwart the assassination of newly elected Aditya Singhania, while his own family comes under threat from the perpetrators.

Season 2 (2016) Edit

Main article: Season 2

Season 2 of 24 is loosely based on the third season of the original series, while borrowing some story elements from the second season.

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."[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 as his Jack Bauer character.[3]

International distributionEdit

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[4].

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

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nayandeep Rakshit (August 25, 2015). What's new in Season 2 of Anil Kapoor's 24?. DNA India. Retrieved on January 19, 2016.
  2. 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. Kiefer Sutherland to speak Hindi?. DNA India (April 29, 2013). Retrieved on May 10, 2013.
  4. Foreign TV imports left out for international viewers BizAsia UK October 6, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014

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