New Delhi, Jan 29 : After featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the first episode of ‘Man Vs Wild’, which was shot in India, Discovery channel has now signed superstar Rajinikanth, to feature in the first episode of a new format series called ‘Into The Wild with Bear Grylls’.
The show marks the television debut for Rajinikanth, admiringly addressed as Thailavia, who has gained a cult status for being a Humane Superstar – simple, humble, generously loved – and adored by millions for more than four decades. Rajinikanth will join world's most recognizable face of survival and outdoor adventure, Bear Grylls. ‘Into The Wild with Bear Grylls’ is an innovative new format inspired by ‘Man Vs Wild’, which is one of the most watched wilderness survival television series in the world. Last year, ‘Man Vs Wild with Bear Grylls & PM Modi’ episode disrupted the Indian media landscape, establishing itself as the TV event of the year.
Beyond Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bear Grylls has also hosted prominent celebrities in the past such as then sitting American President Barack Obama, Kate Winslet, Roger Federer, Julia Roberts and many more.
“Into The Wild is a truly unique show – at one level it offers adrenaline pumping action, while at another, the show lends itself beautifully to driving a specific purpose for the larger good of society. So, when, officials from Discovery, a brand globally respected for offering inspiring reallife entertainment, approached me, I agreed to finally make my debut on TV after more than four decades of Cinema. Kavithalayaa, the iconic Production house founded by my guru, K. Balachander also played a significant role,” said, Rajinikanth.
“Bear Grylls has tested the survival skills of multiple celebrity guests, pushing them to their limits; I look forward to the survival challenge in the mesmerizing wilderness of India,” he said. Talking about raising awareness about water conservation, Rajinikanth, said, “Our team is all very excited to work closely with Thalaiva! Much more than a cine star, Rajinikanth is a phenomenon who has captivated audiences across the world with his on-screen and off-screen work,” said Bear Grylls.
Last year, the show featuring PM Modi, generated much desired attention on conservation of wildlife.(UNI)