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24 The race against time

Episode ..….15th to 18th ; 22 / 23 Nov and 29th and 30th November.


Lots more action and excitement ! Jai Singh Rathore in not only freed from custody but reinstated as ATU chief by Aditya Singhania .Aditya is convinced by Jai’s belief that the assassination attempt is an effort by the LTFE to avenge the death of their Chief Ravindran and his family during operation Trishul in Sri Lanka . Aditya’s father as P.M had ordered the operation and Jai had headed it ; so they along with Jai’s family’s are on their hit list.

At the safe house Trisha realizes and is not able to deal with the fact that it is Nikita who was in her husband’s life during the turmoil in their marriage. Nikita realizing that at this moment it is better for someone else to handle the interrogation leaves .Unfortunately after this Max the assassin enters the safe house killing the agents on guard . Nakul manages to escape with the ladies but their vehicle crashes as he is shot by Max who is following. Max in turn gets shot by Kiran just after he has reassured Raja that both the ladies are dead .


Jai contacts Singh an ex operative on the Trishul case to get more information about LTFE. Singh manages to send the ATU some files before he killed from which they are able to get the pictures of the possible conspirators. Pooja, Aditya’s press aide is shell shocked to see Bala her boyfriend among the pictures of the terrorists during a security briefing . Jai wants to use this relationship to place a tracking device on Bala.

Sidhartha the agent sent by Gill to check the safe house calls back about what he finds there. He looks for Kiran and Trisha and manages to find them. The ATU agent who had been sent to fetch Veer Jai’s son has in the meantime been killed and replaced by a terrorist. At the Academy he is informed that Veer has gone to town with friends and will be back before curfew i.e 7p.m. Veer however offers to escort home Simran whom he meets at the pub since she is a little nervous as someone is following her. So when the terrorist reaches the pub he does not find Veer. Simran and Veer however land into trouble at her house as they are beaten up and threatened by some drug dealers who are searching for drugs Apparently they had some drug deal with her brother who is missing.


In Bala’s absence his room is bugged and hidden cameras placed .Jai and the agents watch from an adjoining room. Pooja though very emotional manages to place the tracking device given by Jai in Bala’s wallet. But something in her snaps ,when he places a necklace around her neck claiming that he is just waiting for the minute that they can get married and have a child.She stabs him. Bala is rushed to the hospital but chances of his survival are bleak. The necklace which is a remote operated bomb is removed carefully. Bala’s phone does not yield information as he has deleted everything. A call on Bala’s phone about a rendezvous gives Jai hope. He goes to the spot carrying a briefcase as he was supposed to be bringing money. From the conversation Jai’s comes to know that the man is being paid to turn off the electricity on a bridge at 7p.m but when Jai asks him the bridge’s location he gets suspicious and flees. Jai chases him but unfortunately one agent fires and the man dies.


At the rally ground a lot happens. Vikram waits in vain for Pooja and the blast that the necklace which she was wearing was to cause. Aditya comes clean with the St Stephen story and there is high drama as Prtithvi plays the recording on his phone and lets the entire audience and the nation hear his mother Megha admitting that she along with KK had got Mehak Ahuja killed in order to frame Aditya and make Prithvi the P.M .There is chaos as the press scrambles to question Megha . Aditya and his entourage leave the rally ground. Raja in the meantime is getting suspicious as Bala does not respond to his calls and sends someone to check. Noticing a lot of police presence oustside Bala’s hotel the terrorist calls the reception and learns that Bala’s floor has been vacated .He immediately calls Raja who realizes that something is wrong.


What is the plan of the terrorists regarding the bridge and will be will Jai and the ATU find out and foil them?
What happens to Veer and Simran ? Will Veer escape the drug dealers to get caught by the terrorist?

For the answers keep watching 24 on colors on Fri and sat at 10 and catch the repeat at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

— Vinita Gill —

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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in 24 Series, Archives


24 – The Race Against Time……

Written updates : 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th Nov
Episodes 11, 12, 13 and 14


Lots more drama and action over the past 2 weekends .Shabana Azmi makes an entry as Abhilasha Grewal ,the officer brought in to replace Jai the ATU chief who is still at large. A stickler for rules she is unpopular and there is some past animosity between her and Nikita as well .

More big bangs as Mehak Ahuja’s house blows up, even as Aditya and Prithvi are driving up. Aditya ‘s suspicion that it is not just a gas leak but murder is soon proved right as police find traces of a bomb in the house. Earlier Megha, Prithvi’s mother had admitted to him about being the one who had leaked the St Stephen’s incident to Mehak as she feels her son deserves to be the next prime ministerial candidate rather than Aditya .


Consequently Divya had gone to Mehak chachi ‘s house and threatened to make public all her corrupt dealings and her affair with the head of the opposition party ; if she did anything more to harm Aditya‘s reputation or career. But Mehak thinks she is bluffing. KK comes to meet Aditya .He threatens to plant clues to implicate Aditya in Mehak Ahuja’s murder the motive for which would be shown as a bid to surpress the St Stephen’s incident .Aditya is told that his only hope is to withdraw his name and propose Prithvi’s name as the prime ministerial candidate. Prithvi who has earlier thrown the murder allegation at his mother had been horrified that she had not denied it. Vikrant seizing the opportunity tries to project himself as the misunderstood person and Prithvi as the bad guy,


Naina too accuses Prithvi while Aditya is confused.

On the terrorist front we have the boss from the shadows Rajan giving Yakub an ultimatum of half an hour to trace Jai or else kill Trisha and Kiran and vacate the place after the failed assassination attempt Max the hired assassin, is told to lie low, as his false identity as a photographer is now known to the police. Rajan puts a plan B into operation .From his talk we also come to know angle and that these people want to kill and destroy Aditya as well as Jai to take revenge for something in the past.

Jai in the meantime hijacks Tarun Khosla’s with his car pretending to be his driver . Inspite of Jai’s threats, Tarun reveals nothing .However during the scuffle he dies due to an asthama attack and while dying mutters something in Tamil . Jai hopes to get some leads from a man called Kartik who was coming to meet Tarun. Kartik turns out to be none other than Jhanavi’s false father Jai overpowers him and compels him to drive him to Yakub’s hideout .He informs Nikita about this and tells her to look into the tamil links .She finds large sums of money transferred to Jia’s accounts from Tarun khosla have come to him from Sri Lanka .Their Sri lankan contact is asked to investigate this .From him comes the chilling news that a top Sri lankan assassin has already left the country and has probably already reached India.


Abhilasha orders Tej and Nikita suspended and interrogated separately on the charges of helping and shielding Jai. However before they divulge anything comes a phone call from Jai .He tells her that he has found his wife and daughter and also informs her about the presence of 11 terrorists and arms at the hideout . Jai wants a chopper for evacuation and armed commandoes to deal with the terrorists and promises to turn himself in for interrogation after that .At the terrorist jungle hideout earlier When Quershi comes to the shed after Yakub orders him to kill the women Trisha shoots him with a gun smuggled in to them earlier by Rohit. In the meantime Jai also reaches there .Rohit gets a van but they are discovered while escaping and in the cross firing Trisha and Kiran are sent off to reach a particular spot in the jungle for the evacuation while Anil Kapoor brings an injured Rohit later .When they fail to home there and Jai has to return to fetch them .There is an encounter with Yakub and his men but they kill themselves rather than surrendering.

Jai along with his family are evacutated .Trisha and Kiran are taken to the hospital while Jai is held for questioning .Jai tries to convince Abhilasha and the Raw officer who comes to investigate him about the possible LTF link and a link to a case called Trishul he handled in the past the and also the fact that he could be more useful if freed in view of the urgency due to the arrival of the Sri Lankan assassin .
Trisha and Kiran are moved to a safe house from the hospital as Nikita who has been sent to the hospital on Jai’s insistence realizes that the man claiming to be a raw officer who she had met there apart from the ATU people is not the person whom raw had actually sent .Aditya in the meantime is dissuaded on security concerns from attending a rally but he is insistent on meeting with Jai.


In the meantime we see the entrance of a new character the Bala the assassin from Sri Lankan who too swears revenge on Jai and Aditya Singhania .As always the episode ends with a twist and some suspense .It closes with Pooja an aide to Aditya coming to meet Bala the assassin in a hotel .Is she simply in love and is being used or she involved with the terrorist ??Well to find that out we have to wait for the next episode !

Happy Viewing

— Vinita Gill —

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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in 24 Series, Archives


24 – The Indian Series … Updated : 14 Nov 2013

The race against time ….

Nov 1st and 2nd…

This past weekend brought up some up some interesting issues in ’24’. Is violence for a good cause justified ?
Jai who is mistakenly arrested for the assassination of Aditya Singhania at the end of last week manages to escape from custody .He gets into a car and forces the girl driving it to obey him by threatening to shoot her. She has no idea who he is and is absolutely terrified. Tej and Nikita try similar tactics with Jia, When she refuses to reveal any information beyond Yakub’s name, they get her son to the ATU premises to force her to talk .
So are Nikita and Tej justified in what they are doing …using Jia’s son as a bargaining tool? Is Jai justified in using force and threats when his wife and daughter are faced with similar threats to their lives .

Should Nikita and Tej help Jai who is being hunted by the police and who as the person allegedly trying to assassinate Aditya Singhania is India’s most wanted criminal at that time!
The right path it seems is never clear cut or totally white but has its shades of grey …
Nikita and Tej believing in Jai’s innocence, manage to help him by keeping him informed about the police’s moves by monitoring their transmission.

At the terrorist hideout Trisha and Kiran are almost shot by the goons when Jai is arrested but the decision is changed at the last minute. Both are now in terror of being killed and are in a state of panic. Trisha manages to take the cell phone of one of Yakub’s henchmen without his knowledge. They contact Jai but as the goon comes back, they have to hide it. They leave the phone on so that the call can be traced. However in spite of his efforts, Mihir at the ATU headquarters is not able to pinpoint the location before the call is cut .In the meantime Jai ,Nikita and Tej can hear the goon threatening Trisha and Kiran and realize that time is running out
One unfortunate thing happens in the meantime …The fear of being branded a traitor in front of her son and the knowledge that the terrorists would not spare him or her if she spoke out against them makes Jia commit suicide.
The Singhanias put up a brave front post the assassination attempt .Though thankful for her son’s lucky escape, Naina Singhania is also glad that it stopped Aditya before he could publicly come clean about his past and maybe spoil his political chances She uses the time that has been gained to convince the top shot news reporter Mehak Ahuja to drop the story about Aditya’s past. In return she is promised exclusive information on India’s top story at that moment, namely the assassination bid.

To our surprise we also discover that the good for nothing husband of Divya Singhania, Vikrant is not just a nuisance but is also evil. He is behind the plot to kill Aditya in cahoots with other villains, Yakoob’s boss. Vikrant is very upset about the failed assassination bid as it will now result in tighter security for Aditya making it more difficult to now succeed.

While investigating leads Nikita and Tej learn that extremely large amounts of money have been transferred to the bank account of Yakub Sayeed from an extremely rich businessman Tarun Khosla ..what is his connection to the whole thing ? Jai is determined to meet him and find out the truth behind all this.
Mehak Ahuja we see doesn’t take kindly to Vikrant trying to bully her and insists that he be at her place as usual. Aditya Singhania on hearing about Mehak’s decision not to go public with the information that she has is still determined to meet her and sort out things with her. Though Prithvi wants to accompany him ,he insists on going alone


The next episode promises to be even more exciting as the promo shows a killer coming into Mehak’s house .Who is the killer ? Is it someone sent by Naina Singhania or Vikrant? Will Aditya go there and get embroiled in it? Also who is the person who has let Mehak into the story of Aditya’s past that even he was not aware of.
The episode ends with the arrival of an actress par excellence Shabana Azmi as the much disliked Abhilasha Grewal the new ATU head in place of Jai Rathod . The next episode also brings the handsome and talented Rahul Khanna as businessman Tarun Khosla …so till next week … Happy viewing!

— Vinita Gill —

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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in 24 Series, Archives


24 – The Indian series

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.
Happy viewing!

—Vinita Gill—


Posted by on October 29, 2013 in 24 Series, Archives