Even though the desi version of Big Brother promises to create ripples in the Indian television industry, the format has been tweaked to suit the Indian palate.
Admitting the change in format, Rajesh Kamat, head of Endemol (India) says: “Big Brother is a controversial reality show. We have decided to edit the Indian version of Bigg Boss before it goes on air. Keeping in mind the sensibilities of the Indian audience and the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, we have to maintain certain limitations.”
The international format, which was recently banned in Australia, has probably made the Indian production house a little wary “I think the ban in Australia happened because the camera was also installed in the bathrooms. But in the Indian format there will be no cameras in the bathroom because we want to respect the privacy of celebrities on the show,” explains Kamat.
Admitting that there are no A-list celebrities on the show Kamat says: “I cannot give out the names right now, but what gives the show an edge is the content. The people chosen are from various fields.”
Explaining the show’s working, he adds: “The celebrities will be locked up with no form of entertainment and will not have any contact with the outside world. Since we have studied the people we know what will tick them off. The tasks given to them will bring out their best and worst. It is bound to create an impact.”
Endemol’s Indian adaptations
Fame Gurukul/ Fame X: based on Operation Trifunco
Deal Ya No Deal: based on Deal Or No Deal
Fear Factor India: based on Fear Factor
Heartbeat: based on Heartbeat