Within a year of buying the rights of international show 24, Anil Kapoor is ready to start shooting. While marking the launch of his first TV production and small screen debut, Anil claims he isn’t nervous. After scouting for a broadcast partner for some time now, the actor has zeroed in on Colors. Anil and Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors, spill the beans.
Why did you choose Colors to air the show?
Colors has always done path-breaking programming, which raises the bar. I have seen the shows on the channel and it can’t get better than this.
It was reported that you had signed a deal with Star Plus. What happened?
I was speaking to various channels and talks were on. But these reports were pure speculation. I have been with Colors for the last seven to eight months. We just shook hands and it was done.
It was love at first sight, chemistry and positive energy. Everything that we stand for, Anil does as well. At the end of our discussion, he said he would work only with us. Once we demonstrated intent, the team sat down to work on the show.
And didn’t it a while to get the show ready for a desi adaptation?
It took me a year to get the rights to make it in India and even more time to get a team together.
What elements will we find in the show? The American version has everything from politics to terrorism.
To a large extent, the elements will be the same, but the treatment will be according to local sensibilities. The story will be set in Mumbai and shot in India. Some portions will be shot abroad. This show is a hybrid. A show like this has never been made in India. We have the right team in place with director Abhinay Deo and writer Rensil D’Silva. It will have never-seen-before stunts and slickly-edited sequences. Also, it’ll be a game changer for the industry as no one has seasons in fiction shows.
What do you think of acting on television?
I am not nervous or scared about doing television roles because I know what it entails. When I took on 24 in the US, I was anxious. But now I am confident. The exposure is massive and films can’t give you that. I will be focussing on the show, which is why I have not signed many films. Auditions for the cast are on. The show will make them huge stars.
Having a star doing a show which isn’t game-based or reality, is a first. But he did admit that TV was tougher than films.