Chandigarh, 7th July 2016: A doomsday conspiracy is brewing. A billion lives are at stake. And the only man who can save the country is nowhere to be found! Where is Jai Singh Rathod? The pieces of this puzzle will start to fall into place this July. As the nation teeters on a medical terrorism plot of mass proportions, a pulse-pounding tussle of power and respect will embroil an entire judicial and bureaucratic system. With Jai Singh Rathod at its helm, 24: Season 2 is the ultimate battle to save innocent civilians from becoming collateral damage. To share their experience of being a part of COLORS’ much-anticipated espionage thriller, Anil Kapoor aka Jai Singh Rathod, Sakshi Tanwar aka ATU Chief Shibani Mallick and Sikander Kher aka Haroon Sherchan visited Chandigarh today. S-Cross presents 24: Season 2 powered by Oppo Mobiles is set to raise the thrill in as Jai Singh Rathod’s epic mission takes flight on 23rd July, 2016 every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 PM on COLORS.
Commenting on the trailer, Raj Nayak, CEO – COLORS said, “The first edition of 24 was an unprecedented game-changer; it conquered the Indian television industry with its freshness and gripping narrative. The show pushed traditional narrative boundaries with the device of presenting the plot within a real time format. We are in an environment where we cannot sit back and enjoy the customer’s loyalty. We need to take steps to differentiate ourselves from competition and ensure that our product has a high positioning in the viewers’ minds. The story bears terrific relevance because such situations might get real in today’s day and age. In times when terrorism is so pronounced, a bio-war is not a very far-fetched idea. As we return with the second season of the show, our challenge stands magnified. Anil Kapoor and the team have done an incredible job as the second season looks even more riveting in terms of storytelling and very international in terms of look and feel.”
Adding further, he said, “Our partners on the show, especially Maruti Suzuki S-Cross and Oppo Mobiles have been extremely supportive throughout this journey. The show has enabled us to create multiple integration opportunities for them, further strengthening their brand proposition and promise.”
Divulging details about Season 2 of the show, Actor and Producer Anil Kapoor aka Jai Singh Rathod said, “I have said from the beginning that the real star of 24 is the concept which will compel viewers to think about national sensibility and sentiment. We have devised a complex plot which when combined with Jai Singh Rathod’s volatile relationships, strong instincts and adrenalin-fueled action, will be the perfect setting to foil a devastating terrorist plot. We are exploring different plotlines to enhance content relatability, shooting at multiple real locations outside Mumbai, and amping up the production scale to enhance the overall television viewing experience. Like last year, we have got on-board a stellar line-up of cast whose dedication towards the show has made this my best creation. I also thank the entire team of COLORS for being with us in this journey and see our labor of love fructify.”
24: Season 2 picks up three years after the conclusion of Season 1. As the curtains rise, it’s evident that Jai Singh Rathod (Anil Kapoor) has isolated himself from the world to become a recluse on a self-imposed exile. His dark past has made him a fugitive from justice; and while his daughter Kiran (Sapna Pabbi) supports him, his son Veer (Akshay Ajit Singh), now a part of the Intelligence Bureau, does not. The iconic clock resets as druglord Haroon Sherchan (Sikander Kher) threatens to release a contagious airborne virus which will eradicate humanity, unless his brother Roshan (Ashish Vidyarthi) is released from prison. As radical groups and their potentially catastrophic plots unfold, the new ATU Chief – Shibani Mallick (Sakshi Tanwar) reaches out to Prime Minister Aditya Singhania (Neil Bhoopalam) to discuss preventive measures. Confident that only Jai Singh Rathod can prevent this brutality, Aditya Singhania calls upon him to ensure that reality is restored to its proper order. Setting in motion a series of events, the one-man-army Jai Singh Rathod returns to thwart every sabotage attempt in the face of political blackmail battling an unseen enemy with a personal vendetta.
Speaking about her role on the show, actor Sakshi Tanwar aka Shibani Mallick said, “24 is drastically different from every project that I have undertaken in my 20 years in the entertainment industry. Working with Mr. Anil Kapoor and the team of the show has been an enriching experience for me; the film-like treatment with larger-than-life execution have made 24: Season 2 a compelling project for me. Shibani Mallick is a very strong character; she heads the Anti-Terrorism Unit and proves, time and again, that a woman is equally capable to protect the nation.”
Commenting on his character, actor Sikander Kher aka Haroon Sherchan said, “Television, as a medium, has always intrigued me; its reach surpasses all boundaries to take us, as artistes, right to the audiences’ living rooms. 24: Season 2 has all the makings of a blockbuster, and I believe it is the perfect platform for my television debut. My character in the show, a drug lord named Haroon Sherchan, is intense and rogue-like. He is Jai Singh Rathod’s nemesis, his primary mission being to ensure his brother Roshan Sherchan is released from jail. Chandigarh is one of my favourite cities, especially because of my mother’s strong relationship with it. I have always enjoyed interacting with its people and imbibing its local culture. I am excited to be here today and share my experience with my viewers and fans.”
24: Season 2 brings together a superlative team that is supporting Jai Singh Rathod’s journey to protect the country and its citizens from destruction. Co-produced by Anil Kapoor Film Co and Ramesh Deo Productions, 24: Season 2 is being directed by Abhinay Deo and Rensil D’Silva and adapted for Indian audiences by writers Rensil D’Silva and Niranjan Iyengar. Some of the pivotal actors whose actions and decisions will impact Jai Singh Rathod and his mission include:
Jai Singh Rathod’s daughter
Akshay Ajit Singh
Jai Singh Rathod’s son
Current ATU Chief
Current Intelligence Bureau Chief
Prime Minister’s mother
Prime Minister’s brother
Aditya Singhania’s girlfriend
Head of Sigma Pharmaceuticals
Jai Singh Rathod’s nemesis
Coalition Partner’s wife
Providing action, thrill, suspense, drama and the exhilaration of solving complicated cases within a span of 24 hours, the show will feature a fast-paced storyline with never-seen-before stunts, slickly-edited sequences and high-definition recording.
‘COLORS’ is Viacom18’s flagship brand in the entertainment space in India. A combination of ‘emotions’ and ‘variety’, COLORS, launched on 21st July 2008, offers an entire spectrum of emotions to its viewers. From Fiction Shows to Format shows to Reality shows to Blockbuster Movies – the basket contains all ‘Jazbaat Ke Rang’. ‘COLORS’ is dedicated to promoting ‘Cohesive viewing’, through programmes like Ishq Ka Rang Safed, Balika Vadhu…Lamhe Pyaar Ke, Thapki…Pyaar Ki, Sasural Simar Ka, Shakti…Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii, Udann, Chakravartin Ashoka Samrat, Swaragini, Kasam…Tere Pyaar Ki, Krishndasi, Kawach…Kaali Shaktiyon Se, Shani, Comedy Nights LIVE, Comedy Nights Bachao, Naagin, Bigg Boss, 24, India’s Got Talent and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa amongst others.