While many are liking the latest Indian TV show with a difference '24 tele-series
' on Colors
, there was a similar show Time Bomb 9/11
' which was a one hour weekly on Zee TV
in the year 2005. Rajeev Khandelwal
played the role of Field Officer Varun Awasthi, in this show which was produced and directed by Ketan Mehta
. A show which was much ahead of its times it was highly appreciated for its content but ran only for six months.
Ask Rajeev about it and he beams, "I remember doing Time Bomb 9 /11 and am proud of the fact that we did a show like that way back in 2005 and it is now being compared to '24'."
Conceived as a Hindi political thriller the story of Time Bomb 9 /11 was similar to '24' with Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist group trying to destroy Delhi as well as assassinating the Prime Minister. Way back in 2005, it failed to catch the fancy of the audience, "It was definitely a show ahead of its time but unfortunately it went off air soon maybe because of the weekly format which was not so popular at that time. There were also budget constraints which decided the production values," says Rajeev.
And has Rajeev seen '24'? "No... I have not seen it as yet but I have heard that it is very very good! I believe Anil Kapoor
has done a great job of coming up with a sleek product with exciting content and great production values!"
Well we are sure if Time Bomb 9 /11 was made today it would have made a bigger impact!
Seema Khot Mattoo