With the brilliant dialogue writer Milap Zaveri just being brought on board for Anil Kapoor's Indian adaptation of the series 24, the picture is now complete.
Earlier, Anil who has vowed to make the desi avatar of 24 on the same scale as its American counterpart had zeroed in on Abhinay Deo to direct all the episodes of the series. Rensil D'Silva along with Priya Pinto and Bhavani Iyer were roped in to do the screenplay.
"But the trickiest creative component in the writing and directing process of 24 was the dialogues. Anil needed someone who would transpose the hard hitting lines from the American series into Hindi without forfeiting the original flavour but at the same time giving them a desi tadka of twist," says our source.
When contacted Milap said, "Yes, I am the latest recruit on board for 24. The thing is, Anil knows my aptitude. I think he liked my dialogues on Shootout At Wadala. When I was asked to do the Hindi dialogues of 24, it was a challenge that needed my full attention. I've cleared all my pending assignments to plunge into 24."
Milap is also writing the dialogues for Rensil d'Silva's next directorial venture for Karan Johar's Dharma Productions featuring Sanjay Dutt and Emraan Hashmi. "So you see, I've been working with Rensil from beforehand. We've a mutual comfort level from the time we started working on the Dharma film that Rensil is directing. I've always admired Rensil's work. So working with him is a joy," exults Milap.
So how Indianized would the original dialogues from 24 be in Milap's hands? Says Milap, "It would be considerably Indianized. What worked for the American and global audience wouldn't be quite the thing for the Indian audience. There will be lot of claptrap and jingoism. I can assure you Anil Kapoor will sound very different from Keifer Sutherland."
Let's just say…Jhakaas to that!