Although production is taking place in a former industrial factory outside Mumbai, viewers will not be able to tell that the all-Chinese version of the global hit reality show Big Brother wasn’t made in Shanghai or Beijing, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The decision to shoot in India was “driven by the available experience and existing infrastructure [of Endemol India],” says Ryan Cheung, managing director at Chinese video giant Youku Tudou, which is producing the show in partnership with Endemol Shine, China. The cast has been flown in from China, and its creators say they will self-censor the show by cutting out abusive language, unruly behavior and anything considered politically sensitive.
The show’s Chinese title will mean “Housemates, Let’s Stay Together” and it will be shown exclusively online. Viewer interaction will be incorporated as the show will also feature contestants being challenged with tasks and voting each other out.