India, brace yourself. Jack Bauer is coming to town and carnage will surely follow.
Actor Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) is playing the character in the Indian version of 24, which debuts on the Hindi entertainment network Colors next summer. The network is owned by Viacom18 Media.
The Hindi version is the first adaptation of the series. Its rights were acquired from Fox and 24 producer Howard Gordon by Kapoor's production company, Anil Kapoor Film Co. Kapoor guest starred in the original American version in 2010, playing the leader of a Middle Eastern nation.
The deal is the end result of a year-and-a-half negotiation to finalize the series for Indian distribution.
“The Indian Jack Bauer 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 (Counter Terrorism Unit),” Kapoor said. “It will be very real and related to the Indian ethos. Most of the show will be shot on real locations in Mumbai, a city which has witnessed many incidents considering it is India's commercial capital. There will be scenes with hundreds of thousands of people.”
The first season is being controlled by Abhinay Deo (Delhi Belly), an award winning director, and written by Bollywood writer Rensil D'Silva.
Colors CEO Raj Nayak said that the series is “going to be one of our big scale budgeted shows – as big as one of our non-fiction reality shows. For the first time anybody is trying this on Indian TV. Also, no major Indian film star has done a fiction show with massive production values. We have a cast of 80-90 people. And its another first to have a show with a season which will have 24 episodes.”