Last week, I wrote about my visit to the sets of Anil Kapoor’s latest venture as a producer and actor — the TV series 24. This is the first time the hit American show, which is about to launch its ninth season, has been licensed outside America and is being adapted for an Indian audience.
Kapoor’s one-season appearance as President Omar Hassan in the show headlining Keifer Sutherland helped him bag the rights to the show as he was able to convince the team of 24 that he would be able to replicate the show as professionally in India. This has meant a crew of almost 350 people working to make the thriller happen.
Kapoor says this is yet another chapter in his career, which has been defined by reinvention. “I started with Telugu and Kannada films, then I cut my hair and played Prem Pratap in Woh 7 Din, then I worked with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, N Chandra and Shekhar Kapur. So you see, in every decade I have done mad things – like Eeshwar, which I did long before Rain Man, Forest Gump and Koi Mil Gaya – because I was attracted to parts like that,” said the fit and feisty Kapoor whose movie projects include Welcome Back, No Entry Main Entry, Sharmaji Ka Atom Bomb and a film on Partition with Rajkumar Santoshi.
– Udita Jhunjhunwala