24 deserves all awards: Kunal Kohli

  • IANS, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Oct 06, 2013 15:27 IST
  • Anil Kapoor, Rahul Khanna

    Anil Kapoor with Rahul Khanna in a still from TV series 24.

  • Abhinay Deo, Anil Kapoor, Neil Bhoopalam

    Abhinay Deo with Anil Kapoor and Neil Bhoopalam on the sets of upcoming TV series 24. (Photos: Sanjay Solanki)

  • Shabana Azmi

    Shabana Azmi in a still from TV series 24.

  • Anupam Kher

    Anupam Kher in a still from TV series 24.

  • Tisca Chopra

    Tisca Chopra in a still from TV series 24.

  • Anil Kapoor, Mandira Bedi

    Anil Kapoor with Mandira Bedi on the sets of TV series 24.

  • Anil Kapoor

    Anil Kapoor is shooting for his upcoming TV series 24. (Photos: Sanjay Solanki)

  • 24

    The Anti-Terrorist Unit office on the sets of 24. (Photos: Sanjay Solanki)

  • Neil Bhoopalam, Anita Raaj

    Neil Bhoopalam and Anita Raaj in a still from TV series 24.

So far only two episodes of Anil Kapoor's maiden TV show 24 have unfolded on the small screen and it was enough to impress filmmaker Kunal Kohli who feels that the suspense thriller deserves all the awards.

Kohli, who directed movies like Mujhse Dosti Karoge!, Hum Tum and Fanaa, also believes that it is time to revamp television, which is dominated by saas-bahu sagas. "24 has me hooked. Deserves all the awards this year, except best jaithani-devrani. Re-tweet if you agree that Indian TV needs a major re-haul," Kohli posted on Twitter.

He had previously tweeted about the show, saying: "24 is new dawn on Indian television."

24, the Indian version of the popular US suspense thriller of the same name, went on air Friday on Colors. The show stars Anil as Jai Singh Rathod, the Indian version of Jack Bauer. He is joined by the likes of Tisca Chopra, Anupam Kher and Mandira Bedi in the cast. Well-known actress Shabana Azmi will also be seen in a cameo in the show. 

Kohli, whose last directorial venture was Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra-starrer love saga Teri Meri Kahaani, has also raised questions about the preferences of television audiences. "I don't believe Indian audiences only want to see shows about family sagas. Why then are only those made? It's like a national epidemic," he wrote.


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