If Anil Kapoor's 24 fails, what next?

On 24 this week, Jai Singh Rathore stopped a prime ministerial assassination, stopped the baddies from killing his wife and daughter, but tragically enough, couldn’t stop the show’s decline in ratings.

hidden October 29, 2013 21:20:16 IST
If Anil Kapoor's 24 fails, what next?

By Rohan Joshi
On 24 this week, Jai Singh Rathore stopped a prime ministerial assassination, stopped the baddies from killing his wife and daughter, but tragically enough, couldn’t stop the show’s decline in ratings.

Which is a pity because 24 is getting to my favourite part of the season; the mid-point bait and switch. Without giving anything away, 24 (in its American avatar) loved changing things up by sweeping all the bad guys we’ve seen in the first half of the season off the game board and switching them out with an as-yet unknown über threat.

If Anil Kapoors 24 fails what next

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It’s always fun to speculate who Perhaps the assassins will be replaced by a threat from within the ATU, or the man controlling Jai will be replaced by a villain from the PM-to-be’s staff, or perhaps, 24 will be replaced by something that rates better, but involves famous couples dancing.

What happens if 24’s ratings get to a point where Colors sees no benefit in a second season? It could derail any plans production houses have of pitching foreign adaptations for Indian television, and we’d be stuck watching more shrill screaming women.

Some people will shake their heads with a cynical ‘I told you so’. One friend I spoke to a few weeks ago suggested Anil Kapoor was ahead of his time for attempting this now, which is a daft argument because if TV’s going to improve, the time most certainly is the present and not in the future. Maybe 24 is too expensive to mount, but I can think of a bunch of shows that would work great (and cheap!) if we Indianised them properly. Here’s my list:

The West Wing:

A show set in the corridors of power, with a more human look at the prime minister and his staff. An Indian version would be cheap to do because how much could it cost to show a bunch of people doing absolutely nothing? And you could always cast a cutout of Manmohan Singh as Manmohan Singh.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

A show about law enforcement that deals with “special victims” like politicians, rich businessmen and actors. The show takes a bleak, stark look at how these special victims are rehabilitated into society by the police, who help them with everything from evidence going missing to easy parole applications.

The Good Wife:

Of course in India, we’d just call it ‘The Wife’. After her husband is imprisoned for a crime he may or may not have committed, Simran sits home, makes chapatis, raises the children, and listens to her mother-in-law’s ceaseless prattle about what a good boy her son was, and how he was always misled by others.

NaModern Family:

A hilarious look at the life of one dysfunctional family: the BJP. NaModern Family follows the adventures of the patriarch Advani as he deals with irrelevance, while his ward Narendra Modi embarks on a quest for political success.

So there. Even if 24 fails, we’re golden. And studios, I know what you’re thinking — the line starts at the left.

(Rohan Joshi is a comedian and a writer. His Twitter handle is @mojorojo.)

Disclaimer: Colors is a part of the Network18 group which also owns Firstpost.

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