Anil Kapoor flies down 24 writer for desi version

Jul 08, 2012, 09:06 IST | Subhash K Jha

In order to make sure the desi 24 resonates with the Indian audiences, Anil Kapoor flew in the original scriptwriter to collaborate with other Indian writers

Anil Kapoor is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the desi version of the globally feted American series 24 turns out to be as good as the original.

He has not only signed on three eminent Bollywood writers, but he also flew in one of the original writers of 24, Patrick Harbinson, for brainstorming sessions with the writers of the desi 24.

Rensil d’Silva

Confirming these developments, Rensil d’Silva, who is one of the writers working on the script of the Indian version of the TV series, said, “Yes, Patrick was here to collaborate with us on 24. It’s not easy to adapt such an internationally acclaimed thriller into an Indian context. We had to reinvent the original and make it more suited to Anil Kapoor than Keifer Sutherland, who plays the role in the original serial. Each episode has to have its own rhythm and dynamics but every episode has to be worked on within the larger context, as it is possible that Episode 2 might have a link with Episode 22. It’s hard work but very satisfying.”

Besides Rensil, two other writers, Bhavani Iyer and Priya Pinto, are working on the show. Abhinay Deo of Delhi Belly fame is directing all the episodes.

Currently, Rensil is busy scripting Karan Johar’s Student Of The Year, which stars Varun Dhawan and is also preparing to direct his second feature film in October.

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