"Indian adaptation of '24' keeping me busy"
By Joginder Tuteja
As his US TV show '24' is getting an Indian adaptation, actor Anil Kapoor says he is busy with the team in putting together infrastructure and logistics for the show.
Anil, who made a cameo appearance in the original series as the head of a fictitious Islamic nation, said he is involved in every bit of the show's production. "I am totally involved with the team which is putting together '24'. Right from it's planning to its pre-production, I have totally immersed myself into it. In any case I am a producer's son; being involved comes naturally to me.
"Even in my earlier years when I was acting for my home productions like 'Mr India', 'Haamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai', 'Loafer' or 'Judaai', I was always in the know-how of what was happening on the ground. I haven't let go off that trait," Anil told PTI.
The 52-year-old will next be seen in Ekta Kapoor's production "Shootout At Wadala", directed by Sanjay Gupta. The film also stars John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Tusshar Kapoor and Sonu Sood.
Anil is all praises for the new breed of filmmakers saying that they understand the taste of the audience and deliver high quality cinema. "Ekta, Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra are the kind of people who make our industry. Ekta is so hungry for good work; she is very hardworking and passionate. You need such people because they understand the industry is functioning so well.
They know how to deliver high quality cinema. "This is why when an opportunity like 'Shootout at Wadala' came my way, I went right into it. I was sure that this would be a correct combination," said Anil, who has begun shooting for the film.
The actor, who will be re-uniting with the director after a gap of eight years, said he also wanted to take up the project because of the good relations he shares with Gupta. "There has been a huge gap where Gupta and I haven't been able to work together. He offered me a role earlier as well but for various reasons I couldn't do that particular film. I explained why and he understood.
"Now when he is making a film after five years, it seems like he hadn't gone away anywhere. I truly believe that he is the kind of talent which hasn't been seen to the fullest. 'Shootout at Wadala' would be a new beginning for him," he said.
The film will dramatise the first-ever registered encounter by Mumbai police, where gangster Manya Surve was shot dead. The film is slated to release on December 7. Anil, who has also produced films like "My Wife's Murder", "Gandhi My Father", "No Problem" and "Aisha", denied any plans to make a film starring himself.
"I have never ever had to make a film just for myself. Even when I was making 'Gandhi My Father' or 'Shortkut - The Con is On', I cast Akshaye (Khanna) and not myself. Instead I did Subhash Ghai's 'Black & White'. "In fact even when 'No Problem' was being designed, I didn't want to cast myself but then had to do it because sometimes you have to be a part of the film due to market compulsions. I won't make a film just because I have to becast in a central role." PTI