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We have shot 24 like a feature film: Abhinay

The Indian adaptation of American TV series 24 will change the look of TV in the country, given its ‘radically different’ production values which make it look like ‘cinema on television’, says its director Abhinay Deo. ‘24 will change the look of TV for sure. We have shot it like a feature film. 

It is more like cinema on television,’ Deo, who has treaded a creatively successful journey of being an ad filmmaker, Bollywood director and now a TV series director,said in an interview. 24 is an award-winning American TV series. An espionage thriller, its Indian version
has Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor playing Jai Singh Rathod, the lead role of his American counterpart, Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. It is essayed by Kiefer Sutherland in the original version. Anil had played a part in the eighth season of the international version and it is after his first-hand experience that the idea of this Indian adaptation struck the actor-producer. The show, to be aired on Colors in October, also has a host of other Bollywood names like Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Mandira Bedi and Tisca Chopra associated with it.

Roping in these names was a challenge for the director.

‘It was very difficult. I think it was the goodwill that both Anil (Kapoor) and I have in the industry which helped us to rope in these big names,’ Deo added.
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