‘My dreams are always big’
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This New Year, Anil Kapoor promises excitement aplenty, what with two action films and the widely followed series 24 in an Indian avatar
Ringing in the New Year is actor Anil Kapoor with an action packed calendar — Race 2, a cop-gangster saga in Shootout At Wadala and most likely, by mid 2013, he would have made his way into the millions of homes across India with an Indian adaptation of American television series 24, which was produced by Fox Network. Kiefer Sutherland's role as Central Terrorist Unit agent will be reprised by Kapoor himself. He is also the producer. Not surprisingly, auditions are on full-swing in his Juhu office, which has been set aside as the worksite for the series that will air on Colors (a General Entertainment Channel) anytime between June to August 2013.
"24 is like a drug. Once you start watching it, you can't stop," the actor says with a happy smile, ceding that adapting such a popular series is a huge challenge. But he is not in the least daunted. "My dreams are always big, be it as an actor, producer or director. I am always on the look-out for something big. Who can stop me from dreaming?" quizzes Kapoor, who has risen from a humble, middle-class upbringing to impressive affluence and stature. A part of this big switch has been his efforts at creating footprints in Hollywood. And considering he started with a small role of President Omar Hassan in the original series, his claim cannot be faulted.
But it's not just the famous series that he's bringing to India, Kapoor is also keen to follow the organised work culture that is the bedrock of Hollywood.
In a tête-à-tête with Screen, he speaks of being in the same industry as his children, Hollywood influence and more.