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Bollywood star Anil Kapoor on adapting '24' and how it might revolutionize Indian television


24 may be slated for another run on Fox, but that’s not the only place where it’s being revived.

Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor—who crossed over to Hollywood with a turn in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire, followed by a guest-starring role as Middle Eastern President Omar Hassan on season 8 of 24 — is adapting the hit series for Indian audiences.

It’s a move that’s breaking convention in more ways than one. Such an ambitious TV series (which is set to debut overseas on Oct. 4) is nearly unheard of in India where primetime is dominated by soaps and reality shows. And Kapoor isn’t just exec producing, he’s also taking on the starring role of the Jack Bauer-esque hero Jay Singh Rathore. (Indian movie stars generally only make TV appearances when they’ve got a film to promote.) To top it off, most Indian shows don’t have seasons—soaps run 5, sometimes 6 days a week year-round. Kapoor  is planning to air 24 twice a week with hiatuses every couple of months similar to its American counterpart.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor explains what prompted him to adapt the series, how he’s doing it, and why it’s so risky.



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