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Anil Kapoor’s ‘24: Season 2’ trailer out

Actor says he draws inspiration from Aamir Khan’s work ethic

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Indian Bollywood actors Anil Kapoor(L) and Aamir Khan pose during the trailer launch of colors television dramas Indian version of ’24 Season 2’ directed by Abhinay Deo, in Mumbai late June 8, 2016. / AFP / STR

The action-packed trailer of 24: Season 2, starring actor-producer Anil Kapoor, was unveiled in Mumbai on Wednesday and his daughter, actress Sonam Kapoor, and actor Aamir Khan were present at the event.

Kapoor is all set to return as antiterrorism squad (ATS) agent Jai Singh Rathore in the espionage thriller, which will air on Colors from July 17 onwards.

Dressed in black-and-white formals, which matched with his daughter’s outfit, Kapoor said: “It took us a while to get the second season of the show. I work in films also. So, it’s tough for me. I had to complete Dil Dhadakne Do and Welcome Back. We needed a lot of preparation as well.”

“Writing takes time. Hopefully, the gap won’t be so much next time.”

The first season of 24, the Indian adaptation of the popular American TV show, was launched in India in 2013.

So is the third season already on mind of the makers?

“We would like to see the second season’s response first,” Colors CEO Raj Nayak said.

While that is yet to be decided, the second season promises to keep the audience hooked. The trailer shows how Kapoor’s character, Rathore, is haunted by his past. The agent, who had earlier put terrorist Roshan Sherchan in prison, is now on a mission to save Mumbai from the threat of a virus.

Talking about the stunts on the show, Kapoor said: “My body is all bruised. I had to go to a physiotherapist as well. In fact, some of the stuntmen also got injured, but everyone is fit to work relentlessly.”

His friend Khan is also looking forward to the show. “The show has been praised by so many people. I’m sure the second season will go beyond that. I like the energy of Anil. It is unique. He also has childlike curiosity. I love that about him,” he said.

After watching the trailer, Khan looked amazed and compared the TV show to a film. “It’s like watching a movie. It’s wonderful to see this quality of work happening on television,” he said.

Asked if Khan would play a role in the upcoming show, Kapoor said: “I would love him to be part of the show. I know even if we approach him for it, he won’t say no. But the show isn’t star-driven. Be it Shabana Azmi or Anupam Kher, we all played characters.”

Kapoor added that Khan inspires him. “When Aamir did Satyamev Jayate, he didn’t take up any other project. I also haven’t done anything else for last one year. I completely focused on 24. I got an exciting international project. I was expected to shoot in July, but I had to pass that offer,” said the actor, who has featured in Hollywood projects including Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.

“It’s not about money. We are doing it because we love 24,” he added.

24: Season 2 also stars Sakshi Tanwar, Surveen Chawla, Ashish Vidyarthi, Sikander, Harsh Chhaya, Neil Bhoopalam, Sapna Pabbi and Sudhanshu Pandey.