Anil Kapoor’s Desi 24 too Hollywood for TV channel
New York: Top Bollywood star Anil Kapoor dreams of entering small screen hit a stumbling block. His dream project-remake of American series 24, for which Star India reportedly bought the rights from Anil Kapoor for an astounding sum of Rs 85crs, according to sources, called off the deal. With this development, the actor and the channel’s otherwise active PR machinery — which was busy circulating various stories about the show — is now lying low.
According to reliable information, the organisers felt that it would be difficult to indianise the sow. A close source says, “They were of the opinion that Anil’s adaptation of 24 would not complement the channel’s image, known for its family dramas. So the deal has been called off, which might prompt Anil to touch base with other channels.”
However, director Abhinay Deo, who was roped in to helm the show, refutes this development saying, “The show was never meant for the channel mentioned in news reports. Those were speculative stories, so we chose not to respond. The show is definitely happening, but I can’t give you a time-frame within which it will launch.” Anil adds that he is simultaneously in talks with a few channels, and no channel was ever finalised. “Even the casting is yet to be locked. I am planning to recruit newcomers for the show, with me in the lead.
24 is special, and its adaptation has turned out beautifully. I want the best channel to launch the show. In all likelihood, shooting will commence by the end of this year.” To the unaware, Anil made his American television debut with the long-running show.