Anil Kapoor, who has bought the rights of the hit American TV series 24, started shooting the Hindi remake on Monday. Directed by Abhinay Deo, it will see the Slumdog star make his Indian television debut as special agent of the Counter Terrorist Unit, Jack Bauer—a character played by Kiefer Sutherland in the original. Anil is also producing the series.
“Anil has been reading up around eight hours each day to prepare himself for the scenes. During the 150-day shooting schedule, I will need him for around 120 days and on certain days, he may need to shoot for as many as nine scenes,” Abhinay elaborated. On this Anil, who had by then joined us, said that he will not be working on any other project till the shooting of the first season is over.
Anil wants to bring in the same level of efficiency into the Indian remake as the original. “I had the privilege of observing the original team at work for eight months. Television is a new medium for me. And it is a huge challenge. But I am not spending sleepless nights. And that is because I am not burdened by geniuses. All I have is a committed crew who are working passionately on the series.”
Most of the shooting will take place in Cotton Green and other nondescript locations in Mumbai.