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Philippines or Panama?

Where will the desiSurvivor be shot? Reports say Philippines may be affected by blasts in nuclear reactors in Japan.

tv Updated: Mar 16, 2011 15:23 IST
Rachana Dubey

Star Plus, the channel that has commissioned the Indian remake of Survivor to Miditech, is considering taking the show on the floors over the next two months with 20 popular faces from different professions. Though still undecided, the channel may choose either Philippines or the Panama Islands as the location. But according to reports Philippines could be among the first countries in Asia to be affected by the blasts in the nuclear reactors in Japan.

“We haven’t zeroed in on the destination yet. Talks are on with various line production companies. We will have a huge international crew working on our show,” says Monica Sheirgill, senior creative director, Star Plus. “We were supposed to fix our location over the next few days, but we will now freeze it only once the radiation scare is over. We can’t risk lives for a show.” Two weeks ago Niret Alva, co-founder of Miditech, took off on a weeklong recce to Philippines to finalise locations for the show, shoot for which is expected to commence within the next ten weeks. “I was in Philippines for locations. But the final call on whether they want to shoot there or at another location will be taken by the channel,” he says.

The show is expected to go on air during the festive season in the last quarter of the year, in a prime time slot. As of now, several TV actors are auditioning for it. “It has to be an eclectic mix of castaways. We’ve had double the number of rejects than approvals so far,” reveals Monica. “There’s a fixed schedule for the show. With the havoc that nature has wrecked, I hope we’ll be able to stick to our timeline.”