This year, the Anil Kapoor-starrer, which is based on an American series of the same name, will showcase a new set of antagonists; Ashish Vidyarthi has been roped in as the main villain.

The actor tells us that he let go of an Akshay Kumar film and a few South projects for the limited-episode show, which found much appreciation among the Indian audience last year. Vidyarthi will be seen as a drug lord, who is busted by Anti-Terrorist Unit chief Jai Rathod (Kapoor).

"I am giving up quite a few things. I am always working in the South, but I have kept aside 60-odd days for '24'. I said no to Akshay's 'Rustam', which was coinciding with this schedule.

The film required me to shoot for 20 to 22 days. I would have loved to take it up, but I had orally and mentally committed myself to 24."


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