I’ve just returned from the joint hottest place in the UK on the hottest ever July day (Teddington – 39.3), so please forgive any speling and gramer errers. Hence, something light whilst we all swelter.
The Beeb today announces that Dutch behemoth’s subcontinental arm, Endemol India, are planning a celeb Big Brother Bharat, although – no sex please, we’re Indian. A spokesperson for the production company said “India is a conservative society and is not ready for the raunchy scenes that so characterise the programmes in the West.”
The show will begin towards the end of this year and will probably feature twelve contestants. What celebrities can we expect in the house then? Stars from the worlds of cricket! Film! And…err…yes well I’m sure they’ll find some people, presumably Z-listers just like over here. Radio Sargam has so far name-dropped Pooja Bedi, Simone Singh and Arshad Warsi (don’t worry, I had to look them all up).
Whilst the parallels of getting washed-up has-beens and desperate attention-seekers remain in all international manifestations of BB, the Indian version has some amusing distinctions. Apart from the aforementioned sex ban, religious discussions also seem off limits. Endemol have announced that they will deliberately be choosing participants from different religious backgrounds.
The programme will also not be live, presumably so the producers can chop out controversial statements and superimpose opening umbrellas, popping champagne bottles and hummingbirds and flowers if anyone gets too frisky. However spin-off shows like Big Brother’s Big Mouth and Big Brother’s Little Brother are all in the pipeline too.
The idea of unmarried men and women living under the same roof will raise some eyebrows, but much of the Western media that has covered this story have opted for broad generalisations such as “intimate acts, such as kissing, are never seen on TV screens.” [Link]
OK. No sex. No religion. No access to blogs (probably).
So what the hell will people watch for? Rajesh Kamat, MD of Endemol India suggested female dress sense as a possible talking point. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly wait. He also says he wants the sexual chemistry to “push the envelope of Indian broadcasting”. NOW you’re talking Mr Kamat.
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