Colors, the Hindi general entertainment channel from the Viacom18 stable, has bought the India broadcast rights of 24, an international TV series. With this, while India becomes the only country outside of the US to telecast the thriller 24, it also marks the launch of Anil Kapoor's first television production under the banner Anil Kapoor Film Company.
With the Indian version of 24, Kapoor, in collaboration with Colors, intends to pave the way for a new hybrid genre of entertainment that sees the amalgamation of fiction and reality. The show will be directed by Abhinay Deo and written by Rensil D' Silva. They will be joined by the Colors programming team, led by Manisha Sharma.
Commenting on the acquisition, Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, says, "Colors has been at the forefront of bringing newer genres and changing the game for Indian television. We continuously push limits of programming and have successfully delivered international formats such as Bigg Boss, India's Got Talent, Khatron Ke Khiladi and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in the recent years."
He adds, "24 is a show that brings Anil Kapoor's mass appeal and Colors' mass audience together. I am confident the show will set new standards in entertainment and further strengthen our connect with Indian audiences."
It is pertinent to note here that Kapoor had acted in the American version of the serial as Omar Hassan in Season 8 of the series. He acquired the rights of the series from Fox TV about a year ago. The Indian version of the show is slated to go on air in the summer of 2013.