Anil Kapoor makes 24 debut

Anil Kapoor is excited about his debut on 24, a popular American TV series depicting a 24-hour period in the life of a government agent fighting fictitious terrorist threats to the US.

The new incarnation of 24 represents a number of firsts for the veteran actor. For one “I’ve never played a president”, he says in a video interview on Fox Television.

“It’s the first time that I’m doing television. I’ve been doing feature films for around 30 years.

Not only was I excited that I was doing 24, but I was also anxious and nervous that I was doing something for the first time in my life.”

Kapoor says he took the role on the urging of his friends and family. “People told me, ‘No matter what happens, you have to be on 24! My son, my daughter, my friends.”

His decision to play a Middle Eastern character was a deliberate one, he added. “I am very clear that I won’t play Indian characters in international projects unless they’re really special.

I’ve told my agent to seek out parts that are not culture-specific, but have character.”

In the new episode Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) has finally decided to quit CTU (Counter Terrorist Unit) and take up a safe, cushy consulting job when word comes that a high-level peace agreement between President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) and Omar Hassan (Anil Kapoor), president of a fictitious Middle Eastern country, is on the brink of sabotage. “Anil Kapoor is above all else a great elegant gentleman with an amazing background,” said Cherry Jones. “He has a natural regalness to him which is so perfect.”

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