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Homeland Is Here!

It swept the Golden Globes on Sunday night, taking in trophies for Best Drama, Best Actress — Drama (for Claire Danes) and Best Actor — Drama (for Damian Lewis). Tonight, Season I of thriller series Homeland will storm Indian screens.

Lauded worldwide for its intriguing cat-and-mouse format, the post-9/11 drama packs in edge-of-the-seat moments and nailbiting chases, even as it keeps you guessing with its ‘What next?’ template.

According to its developers Howard Gordon (executive producer of TV series 24) and Alex Gansa (writer and supervising producer on The X-Files in its first two seasons) Homeland is more of a sophisticated John le Carre novel and ’70s thrillers like The Parallax View than a Jack Bauer (24) episode.

Behind the scenes

Barack Obama liked the show so much he ordered the DVD box set.

To prepare for her role, Claire Danes met CIA officers, watched videos made by bipolar disorder patients and consulted author Julie Fast who suffers from the same disorder.

During the opening montage sequence, the voices of five US presidents are heard –– Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Some of the photographs seen during the opening credits are actual pictures of Claire Danes as a young girl.

Claire Danes (who plays Carrie Mathison), an on-the-edge CIA agent trying hard to hide her bipolar condition, and Damian Lewis (the Band of Brothers star plays Nicholas Brody who is rescued by Delta Force after being an al-Qaeda prisoner of war), a returning war hero she suspects to be a terrorist mole, take viewers through tightrope acts that are politically charged.

Adapted from Gideon Raff’s Israeli series Hatufim, which begins with three soldiers returning to their families, Gordon and Gansa weave a tale of conspiracy, verging on paranoia. In Carrie’s world there is no strict demarcation between good and evil, a world where torture is justified in the name of security, where good people can commit heinous crimes.

The original show captured the lives of a group leading life in isolation but Homeland adds a high-octane spin, primarily Brody’s “actual” motives.

Homeland goes on air tonight and will screen Monday through Friday at 11pm on STAR World.

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