The byzantine maze of tradition based programmes that are being dished out on a daily basis from plethora of television channels, have to brace up to a new competition, competition that has been initiated by Anil Kapoor through his new television serial 24 which in the recent times has emerged as the serial with maximum TRP ratings. Adopted from the English TV series of the same name, 24 has been given a realistic Indian setting and it has used the backdrop of Mumbai, especially the nightlife to weave the miasma of power struggle that dominates the urban landscape and interspersing it with the looming threat of terror attacks. Anil Kapoor enacts the role played by Kiefer Sutherland in the original as the head of the Anti-Terrorism squad.
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For Indian television advent of 24 could be the Manna that it has been waiting for, and it could also be an Outlier moment for Anil Kapoor as well, who with forgettable films like RACE-2 has really slipped into the skin of the character as the cop who is grappling with a national crisis of monumental proportions. Making its debut at the time when BESHARAM has perhaps emerged as the nadir of the kind of content being warred through Hindi cinema, 24 indeed is going to be a big challenge for the film fraternity as the manner in which a wave for 24 has been created would ensure that the Friday and Saturday nights are going to have to endure the pain of less number of footfalls, as these are the two days on which 24 is going to be telecast in a week.
It needs to be underlined that the script that Rensil D’Silva has come up along with Bhavani Iyer is a scorcher and rivets the audience to the couches and for the director Abhinav Deo Mumbai is the known territory to exploit its landscape on a rather large canvas and build up the story.
Anil Kapoor has set the ball rolling for other stars of his time to explore the medium of television and give it a sense of recognition as it does have in Hollywood, where all the major stars of yesteryears have graduated to television and have made a success out of their transformation. For the fans of Kapoor, and the television aficionados the fitting tribute for 24 would be when it gets adopted into a film as it happens in Hollywood where popular television serials indeed get reinvented in the form of a feature film. A new era in Indian television indeed has begun.