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Anil Kapoor (born December 24, 1959; age 61) is an Indian actor and producer who played Kamistani President Omar Hassan in Season 8 of 24. Since 2013, Kapoor has also played the lead role of Jai Singh Rathod (Jack Bauer's counterpart) in the short-lived Indian version of 24.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Anil Kapoor was born in Chembur, Mumbai, India. He is the son of film producer Surinder Kapoor and Nirmal Kapoor. Anil has two brothers, Boney and Sanjay, and a sister, Reena. Boney is currently a film producer, while Sanjay is also an actor. Anil attended Our Lady of Perpetual Succour High School, in the Chembur suburb of Mumbai, and then St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.

In 1984, Anil married Sunita Kapoor (née Bhambhani). They have two daughters, Sonam and Rhea, and a son, Harshvardhan. Kapoor's eldest daughter, Sonam, is an actress while Rhea attended school in New York and is now a producer in Mumbai.

Career[edit | edit source]

1980's-1990's[edit | edit source]

Anil Kapoor made his film debut with a brief appearance in the 1979 film Hamare Tumhare. His first lead role was in the 1983 film Woh Saat Din, which was produced by his father, Surinder. He also gained recognition in Bollywood for his role in 1984's Mashaal. His performance of a vagabond earned Kapoor his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Kapoor's success continued through the '80s as he earned another Filmfare Award, this time for Best Actor, for his role in 1985's Meri Jung. Other films in which he appeared during the early years of his career were Tezaab, Eeshwar, Kishen Kanhaiya, Beta, 1942: A Love Story, and Virasat. During this time, he was nominated for a total of 5 Filmware Awards, winning 4 of them.

2000's[edit | edit source]

Kapoor as Omar Hassan in a Season 8 promotional picture

Kapoor started the new millennium with the same success, with acclaimed roles on films like Taal, Bulandi, Pukar, No Entry, and Welcome. These films earned him four additional Filmware Award nominations, as well as from the International Indian Film Academy.

However, Kapoor is most widely recognized in America for his first international role, in Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). The film gave Kapoor more recognition around the world, as well as critical acclaim for his performance.

24[edit | edit source]

In 2010, Kapoor was set to appear during Season 8 of 24. He was cast to play the role of Omar Hassan, the President of a fictitious Middle-Eastern country called the Islamic Republic of Kamistan. Kapoor was part of the main cast of the show. His character appeared in fifteen episodes, and was integral to the overall plot of the season.

Kapoor runs his own film company, the Anil Kapoor Film Company, and in 2011 they bought the rights to make an Indian adaptation of 24. Kapoor is to star as the Jack Bauer character, called Jai Singh Rathod. In a November 2012 interview for The Hollywood Reporter, Kapoor said the following about the adaptation:

Kapoor as Jai Singh Rathod

“[t]he Indian Jack Bauer is also constantly torn between the family and the country. He has an army background which we have maintained and the show will have an anti-terrorist cell like the original's CTU ... It will be very real and related to the Indian ethos. Most of the show will be shot on real locations in Mumbai, a city which has witnessed many incidents considering it is India's commercial capital. There will be scenes with hundreds of thousands of people ... this is going to be one of our big scale budgeted shows – as big as one of our non-fiction reality shows ... They have been very supportive and helping us. We will have some production crew coming in from LA for stunts and action. And even the Indian talent is of international calibre. Some of the show's original producers have come over and the idea is to have the same kind of work culture and value systems which I experienced during my stint on 24. This wouldn't have happened without the support of [producer and showrunner] Howard Gordon and Marion Edwards.”

The showrunners for the Indian version of 24 (which is in Hindi) also mentioned how it was the first scripted show in the country to have twenty-four episodes. They also remarked how it would appeal to the masses in the small towns and interiors of India who have not seen the original as well as possibly drawing interest and comparisons from English speaking crowds.

The Indian show debuted in October 4, 2013, with its first season concluding in December 21, 2013. The show was a success among the audience and a second season premiered on July 23, 2016.

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