Kahani Ab tak – Meri Zubaani
A Race Against Time!
It isn’t often that we have a Hindi television series that makes you sit up and focus your undivided attention on the screen. So “hurray!” was my reaction to the news that Anil Kapoor was bringing to us a series of international standards ‘24’ is an Indian adaptation of the American series of the same name .The story takes place over 24 hrs, has only 24 episodes and is about the race against time to foil an assassination bid on Aditya Singhania the future prime minister of India.
Inter linked with the main plot are many sub-plots which build up interest and add to the pace of the story. On one hand we have a ruthless sharpshooting mercenary with a new face; coupled with a woman who kills, blows up a plane while calmly parachuting out and a cold and meticulous boss Yakub who is directing the whole assassination operation. On the other hand we have a man of integrity in Jai Singh Rathore the chief of the ATU ( Anti-terrorist Unit) who is racing against time to find a lead and foil the assassination bid. In the midst of this ,he receives the shocking information that there is a traitor within the ATU and can trust no one. Can it be Tej the second in command who is jealous of Jai’s relationship with agent Nikita Rai (Mandira Bedi) ,or Zia(another agent) or Nikita herself?
In the meantime there is trouble brewing on Jai’s domestic front . His daughter Kiran upset at his giving priority to his work, sneaks off late at night with a friend Jhanavi and is kidnapped by two men . While Jai’s wife Trisha accompanied by Jhanavi’s father searches for the girls; the girls make a desperate bid to escape from the kidnappers. Jhanavi escapes but ends up in hospital, unconscious, where she is smothered to death by the man we thought was her father .Now Trisha too ends up in the hands of the terrorists along with Kiran!
Neil Bhoopalam plays Aditya Singhania the future prime minister, a straight forward man of principle and a youth icon. Anita Raj excells as his pushy mother, Naina Singhania, determined to place her son on the PM’s seat. A renowned journalist threatens to disclose something from Aditya’s past, adding to the tension.
Jai is compelled to follow Yakub instructions fearing his daughter’s death. Jai is torn between his love for his family and his loyalty to his country and duty. At Aditya’s meeting with the labour union, Jai is forced to help the sharp shooter who is impersonating as a photographer; however the assassin’s bullet goes astray due to a disturbance he creates. While Jai is arrested for attempted assassination the sniper manages to slips away! The episode of 26th Oct ends with Nikita and Tej finding out that Jia is the one who has betrayed them and that Jai fearful for his family’s life is being compelled to obey the terrorists.
Will Jai’s innocence be proved and what will be the fate of his family? Who is the person responsible for the news from Aditya Singhania’s past reaching the journalist ? The bitter aunt, cousin Prithvi or Vikrant the boorish, alcoholic husband of Divya Singhania who is having an affair with the journalist played by Suchitra Pillai.
Will Naina Singhania find the journalist’s weak spot and use it as leverage to stop her from exposing her son? Who are the people behind the assassination attempt? Are they terrorists or is someone else behind it …could it be the P.M’s seat that they are after?
So many questions needing answers, a sure shot way to keep the viewers guessing and hooked! All said and done, though not perfect, 24 is pretty riveting and will keep you glued to the screen each Friday and Saturday!
Tracking the episodes aired till Oct 26.
What are your views about 24? Did it live upto your expectations or did it fall short. If you loved it do tell us what you liked best or what irritated you, while we wait for the story to unfold further.