Big Brother India to be turned into a movie
Endemol India has announced plans to make a Bollywood comedy horror movie based on Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother.
The company has teamed up with Select Media Holdings Pvt Ltd’s cinema production arm Moving Pictures to work on the feature film, which will be based on the experiences of contestants in the show’s fly-on-the-wall house.
Although the script is still being written, bosses have apparently begun putting together an ensemble cast featuring both television actors and Bollywood movie stars.
Several former housemates have also been approached to take part, although it is unclear whether the show’s current presenter Salman Khan will be involved.
The Hindi, Tamil and Telugu-language film is slated to recieve a theatrical release next year.
Deepak Dhar, CEO of Endemol India, commented: “The success of Bigg Boss has achieved epic proportions, where we have seen that it has become a part of people’s daily lives.
“One of the biggest advantages is its ability to cut across people of all age groups. We are certain that we will be able to replicate the success and recreate the unpredictability of this format on the silver screen as well.”
Nitin Tej Ahuja, Director of Select Media, added: “Bigg Boss is one of the most popular entertainment properties in India, and therefore a perfect fit for us as a production house focussed on quality commercial cinema.
“Bigg Boss inherently has fabulous cinematic potential and we are looking forward to working with Endemol India in bringing this very exciting property to the big screen.”
The UK version of Big Brother was previously used as the basis for Dead Set, a five-part horror series penned by Charlie Brooker which aired on E4 in October 2008. It has since aired in several countries internationally, including Australia, South Africa and the US.
Bigg Boss gained UK media attention in 2008 when Jade Goody became a contestant in its second series – which was hosted by Shilpa Shetty – in an attempt to improve her public perception after the two clashed in the infamous Celebrity Big Brother ‘race row’.
Currently in its sixth season, Bigg Boss can be watched by UK viewers who subscribe to the VIEWASIA package on Sky channel 829 and Virgin Media channel 826.