The director believes the show, a thriller starring Anil Kapoor, will open up the gates for many different types of shows on the small screen. ‘24’ is a series based on an American TV show of the same name.

Since the show is different from other shows on Indian television, it was tough to tweak it for an Indian audience, he said.

"We are trying to do something new on TV. The toughest part was to adapt it to the Indian context," he said.

Even though it is inspired from a foreign series, the director wanted it to feel completely Indian."We needed to look at the various points and make it Indian. I wanted to make sure that it ends up looking like an Indian show. It must not look like an American show. It was very challenging," said Deo, who has directed films like ‘Game’ and ‘Delhi Belly’ on the big screen.

He said several changes were made to the script as well as in the characterization. Anil Kapoor steps into the shoes of fictional character Jack Bauer, but the role has been made more humane in nature to suit the sensibilities of the Indian audience.

"Jack Bauer is originally very cold and understated. We have made it more Indian and given him heart and soul. We have increased the family value of the show because ultimately Indians believe in family much more," said Deo. ‘24’ will air on Colors in October. The show will also feature Shabana Azmi, Tisca Chopra and Mandira Bedi.


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