Dominique Deruddere’s Oscar-nominated feature Everybody Famous! is to get a Bollywood remake. Amitabh ‘Big B’ Bachchan is to star in the Sunil Pandey-directed Hindi makeover.

Eva Van der Gucht in Everybody FamousProduced in 2001, Everybody Famous tells the story of 17-year-old Marva who is a regular at singing contests which she unfortunately always loses. However, her father Jean dreams of a showbiz career for his daughter. Until he gets laid off. By way of revenge, he decides to kidnap Debbie, the country’s number-one singer. News of the kidnapping sends sales of Debbie's latest single soaring sky-high, much to the pleasant surprise of her manager, Michael. During a secret meeting with Jean, Michael proposes a deal: he will make Marva a star if Jean agrees to keep Debbie hostage. For a while, everything goes as planned, but then the public loses interest in the kidnapping and Debbie's record sales plummet. But Michael was expecting this all along and has a bloodcurdling finale in mind…

Sharing the major roles in the original are Josse De Pauw, Eva Van der Gucht, Werner De Smedt, Thekla Reuten and Viktor Löw. The original music is by Raymond van het Groenewoud. Deejay Buscemi is preparing a Bollywood reboot of the film’s title song, Lucky Manuelo.

Amitabh Bachchan, also known as ‘Big B’ in his home country, is one of India’s best known film and television actors. Sunil Pandey will make his feature debut with the film.

Published on Friday 11 March 2011

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