24 (Indian TV series)

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24 (Indian TV series)
The intertitle for the series, which shows the number 24 in orange text on a black background
Logo of 24
Directed by Abhinay Deo
Produced by Anil Kapoor
Written by Rensil D'Silva, Bhavani Iyer & Priya Pinto
Starring Anil Kapoor
Tisca Chopra
Mandira Bedi
Yuri Suri
Pooja Ruparel
Shivani Tanksale
Adhir Bhatt
Ajinkya Deo
Rahul Singh
Raaghav Chanana
Country India
Language Hindi

24 is an Indian television drama that aired from 4 October 2013 through 21 December 2013 and was based on the American series of the same name. The Hindi language show is written by Rensil D'Silva, Bhavani Iyer and Priya Pinto, directed by Abhinay Deo and produced by Anil Kapoor Films.[1][2][3]

The Hindi version of 24 is the first adaptation of the show, the India rights for which were acquired from Fox and 24 producer Howard Gordon by Anil Kapoor Films.[2] In Nov 2011, Kapoor's production house signed a 100 crore ($20 million) deal to adapt the series.[4] Kapoor plays the lead role in the show. The show is set in Mumbai with the main set of the Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU) being a replica of the one in the original series.[3] Bollywood actors Anupam Kher and Shabana Azmi both have cameo performances in the show.[5][6][7]

The season is directed by Abhinay Deo, written by Rensil D'Silva and Bhavani Iyer and is supervised by Manisha Sharma.[2]


Kapoor, had previously featured in the American version of the 24 series playing President Omar Hassan, bought the official rights of 24 in November, 2011.[8] The show aired in Hindi and will also be dubbed in various regional languages. India is the first country outside of the US to get rights to adapt the show. "We hope this will pave the way for many more local versions of this brilliant series in other international territories," Fox International Television president Marion Edwards said in an email reply to ET.[9] Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in the original show[10] has shown interest in acting in the Hindi version.[11]

TV rights[edit]

Colors channel bought the broadcast rights in a deal estimated at Rs 150 crore. Kapoor holds the rights of the 192 episodes for a period of four years extendable to another ten.[12]

Video game[edit]

On October 21, 2013, Kapoor launched Tata Safari Storm presents 24 — The Game, a 3D game in which players participate as ATU Chief Jai Singh Rathod, portrayed on-screen by Kapoor.[13]



The show was described by the media[who?] as "one of India's most ambitious TV shows"[citation needed]. It is considered[who?] to be one of the most expensive TV shows ever produced in India and the first to have a major Bollywood star in the lead.[19] The Gulf News praised its production values and writing.[20]

Rediff awarded the show 3.5/5 stars and stated that "The plotting: Two sisters, a man who’s had a plastic surgery, a vicious boss, an airplane bombing, the sinister face of 24. What doesn’t work? The dialogues. They’re clunky, contrived, filmi and, at times, little more than a tacky translation. And this shortcoming ruins some potentially strong scenes or disconnects from the steadily brewing tension. While somewhat underwhelmed by the debut episode, I was hooked to the fast-paced, unflinchingly fierce (chopped finger, et al), action-packed momentum of the second. 24’s premise is such, every episode inches closer to a disclosure. It may not have the finish of the original but when you look at the bigger picture, Anil Kapoor’s new show is a step in a desperately needed direction." [21]

The Telegraph stated "... a big thumbs up to its well-chosen cast. Every actor fits perfectly into his or her role, with a special mention for Mandira Bedi’s Nikita, Neil Bhoopalam’s Aditya and Tisca Chopra’s Trisha."[22]

A second season is scheduled to go on air in the later half of 2015. Filmibeat reported that shooting is scheduled to start by the end of May 2015. [23]


  1. ^ Anil Kapoor's '24' will develop new set of TV audience: Tisca Chopra Mid-Day June 19, 2013
  2. ^ a b c Indian Version of '24' to Air on Viacom18's Colors Channel (Exclusive)
  3. ^ a b BBC News - Anil Kapoor to lick 24 Indian in remake
  4. ^ Anil Kapoor's production house bags Rs 100 cr deal to adapt 24 series - Economic Times
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Meet the impressive cast of Anil Kapoor’s 24 Photo Gallery, Pictures, Photos, Images, Pics - Colors TV Show
  6. ^ a b c d Anil Kapoor's '24' to launch four new faces - Times Of India
  7. ^ Priyanka Bose is the leading lady in Anil Kapoor's small-screen venture 24 : Television, News - India Today
  8. ^ I've set aside all my other work for 24: Anil Kapoor. Hindustan Times, 10 December 2012.
  9. ^ Anil Kapoor buys TV rights of 24 - The Times of India
  10. ^ Kiefer Sutherland returns in rebooted 24 CBC News. 13 May 2013.
  11. ^ Kiefer Sutherland to speak Hindi? - Entertainment - DNA
  12. ^ 24 things about Anil Kapoor's 24 : Home Right, News - India Today
  13. ^ The Times of India: Latest News India, World & Business News, Cricket & Sports, Bollywood
  14. ^ 24 gets the Bollywood touch
  15. ^ "Mandira Bedi turns government agent for Anil Kapoor's 24". Indian Espress. 30 May 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Anupam Kher to join Anil Kapoor's 24 - Times Of India
  17. ^ Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge's 'Chutki' Pooja Ruparel to star in television series 24 - Indian Express
  18. ^ Major Bikramjeet Kanwarpal in Anil Kapoor’s 24. Times of India. Stuti Agrawal. July 7, 2013.
  19. ^ "Slumdog Millionaire star Anil Kapoor to be Indian Jack Bauer in 24 remake". The Independent. 18 Apr 2013. 
  20. ^ "Anil Kapoor strikes gold with remake of ‘24’". Gulf News. 7 Oct 2013. 
  21. ^ http://www.re-fierce-fabulous-tv/20131007.htm
  22. ^ http://www.telegraphindia.com/1131009/jsp/t2/story_17438671.jsp#.U7u9t1b0pTF
  23. ^ http://www.filmibeat.com/television/news/2015/anil-kapoors-24-season-2-shooting-to-start-in-may-177004.html

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