The Indian remake of 24 (and mind you it was an official remake and not a plagiarised one, which we are so used to) recently ended it’s run of 12 weeks. For once, this was a series that I watched fully – be it recorded or on TV but bottom line is I followed it and I didn’t sleep during any of the episode. Knowing me, a sleepy head who has slept in every possible movie, this is a huge huge achievement. The first few weeks were very taut and would really hold the audience spell-bound. After that it began to slacken a bit and far too many plots and subplots began surfacing. The star cast was impressive with Anil Kapoor in the lead role (despite being 57). No points for guessing who is the producer of the series:-) But Anil Kapoor enacted his role with aplomb. His wife Tisca Chopra’s character was vague. She was estranged and yet got together. Never understood the nuances of their relationship. Their daughter’s role was dumb or maybe the actress was or both. I never fathomed her stupidity especially going after that guy when she was being rescued. On another note, whatever happened to that guy ….? Orphan links in the story? All in all, Anil Kapoor’s family was shown as dim-witted. Mandira Bedi (Nikita on-screen) was the sole glam element in the otherwise un-glamourous ATU!! Anupam Kher in a brief appearance was good but Shabana Azmi was superb in her bitchy role. The PM candidate, Aditya played by Neil Bhoopalam has a good character much against what reality is unless you look at the new CM of Delhi 🙂 (But well only time will tell how he is) Anita Raj, (seen her after ages) as Aditya’s scheming Mom was always conniving with someone or the other for political gains. The list goes on but after about 8 weeks ie 16 episodes you just had to get to the end of it. It was far-fetched and then came the ending which was a complete wash out. Honestly, they lost the plot completely in the last episode and it was a disaster.
But well give the devil his due…. Anil Kapoor did make an honest attempt at recreating or rather Indianising the original. Season 2 I believe is coming up and I do hope they learn from their mistakes of Season 1. Will have to record all episodes and watch at a go like I watch some of the American series.