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Anil turns Arab tonight on 24

tv Updated: Aug 23, 2010 15:49 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
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Reports claimed that Dev Patel, of Slumdog Millionaire fame, recently called Hollywood racist. But Anil Kapoor, his co-star in the film, definitely doesn’t feel so. Not only does he say that they are the epitome of equality, but he also claims that being cast as the president of a fictional Middle Eastern country modelled on Iran in the TV show 24 did not feel demeaning in anyway.

Says Kapoor, "I have worked all over the world, and I have never seen this kind of equality when it comes to being offered roles. I have never felt like I have been typecast. They treat everyone equally. If you are talented, can draw people, deliver the quality of work and bring in the money, they will accept you even if you are from Timbuktu." He also adds that Patel’s statement was highly misconstrued. "I know Dev too well, and he could never have said something like that."anilkapoor

The actor, who is currently concentrating on being a producer, recently announced his plans to step into TV programming. When asked if he was nervous about the Indian telecast of 24, he laughs, "I am always excited, but not nervous. I am anxious to see everyone’s reactions. The appreciation I have received internationally has cushioned me."

Kapoor, who was catapulted to global fame after Danny Boyle’s Oscar Award-winning film, Slumdog Millionaire, was picked up to play President Omar Hassan last year.

Kapoor claims that his character in the TV show allows him to showcase a wide array of emotions. “It’s a grey character; a liberal man who works hard to make it to the top. And during his journey to the UN to sign a peace treaty, he slowly loses everyone’s trust. I was told that the vulnerability that I brought to the character is not something that can be taught in film school. How can these same people typecast anyone?”