New Delhi: Will Anil Kapoor's Indian adaptation of popular series '24' be as powerful? Will Anil Kapoor's '24' trigger a new beginning for Indian TV shows? With several popular names from the Bollywood fraternity - Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Anita Raj - joining Anil for his debut TV show, the viewers' expectations are likely to be high and such questions are expected to crop up.
As the launch date of Anil Kapoor's debut TV show nears (October 4), we give you a list of 24 unknown facts about the show:
1. '24' is the Indian version of an American TV series of the same name. This American show is the only TV series, besides NYPD Blue and The West Wing, to have bagged the Emmy Award, the Golden Globe and the Satellite Award for Best Drama Series.
2. The series was also criticized for the manner in Muslims were depicted.
3. At the conclusion of its final (eighth) season, 24 became the longest-running espionage-themed television drama ever. It had even surpassed 'Mission: Impossible' and 'The Avengers'.
4. With '24', for the first time an international fiction TV series is being remade for the Indian viewers.
5. Anil was part of the eighth season of the international version. He played Kamistani president Omar Hassan in the original '24'.
6. In one of his interviews, actor Kiefer Sutherland, had expressed his desire to do a cameo in Anil Kapoor's '24'.
7. The PM candidate Anil Kapoor has to save from terrorist attack in '24' is reportedly modeled on real-life prime minister candidate Rahul Gandhi.
8. The American counterpart of Jai Singh Rathod (role which Anil Kapoor plays) was played by Jack Bauer.
9. As reports suggest, 5 directors have worked on '24'.
10. Reportedly, each episode of '24' took about 10 days, making it the first show which hasn't been shot in the most predictable way.
11. Anupam Kher, who has hosted TV shows such as 'Say Na Something To Anupam Uncle', 'Sawaal Dus Crore Ka' will be seen for the first time in a fiction show.
12. Anpuam plays the role of a RAW agent (Wasim) and will be seen in only 2 episodes.
13. Anupam Kher didn't charge even a single penny for his cameo in the show.
14. Since he has a few hardcore action in the series, Anupam joined Anil Kapoor's gym to prepare for his role.
15. Shabana Azmi makes her TV debut with '24'. Shabana, who plays the role of Abhilasha Grewal, head of the Anti-Terrorist Unit, will be seen sporting short hair.
16. Tisca Chopra plays Anil Kapoor's wife.
17. The show marks the debut of newbies Adhish Khanna and Sapna Pabbi.
18. Mandira bedi returns to the small screen after the gap of nine years. Her role Nina Myers, a fictional character, was played by Sarah Clarke in the original series.
19. As far as fiction shows go, Mandira Bedi was last seen in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Before this, she had garnered immense popularity with her role in 'Shanti'.
20. Anita Raj, who makes a comeback on TV after 15 years, will be seen performing a few action sequences.
21. Rahul Khanna, play a business tycoon, which was originally played by Currie Graham in international series. Rahul was last seen in 'Love Aaj Kal' and 'Wake Up Sid'.
22. Anil Kapoor's look in '24', has been created by Kunal Rawal.
23. When Anil Kapoor decided to adapt '24', several channels refused to show interest in his idea.
24. Anil Kapoor's production house had signed a Rs 100-crore deal with Twentieth Century Fox to work on Hindi version of '24'.