Chennai, March 20, 2020 – Discovery, India’s leading and most trusted real-life entertainment network, is all set to premiere the much anticipated TV debut show of Superstar Rajinikanth ‘Into The Wild with Bear Grylls’ at 8:00 pm on March 23 across 12 Discovery channels including Discovery Channel, Discovery HD, DTamil, Animal Planet, Animal Planet HD, TLC, TLC HD, Investigation Discovery, Investigation Discovery HD, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, and Discovery Kids. The premiere on Discovery and Discovery HD will be available in 8 languages including Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and English. Viewerscan download newly launched streaming app Discovery Plus to get access to the episode at 6 AM on March 23, 2020. Into The Wild with Bear Grylls is produced for Discovery Communications India by The Natural Studios and Banijay Asia.
The special episode, shot in Bandipur National Park, will see Superstar Rajinikanth in a never seen before avataar, on an adventure trip with Bear Grylls, doing stunts never done before, discussing wide variety of topics including intimate details about his personal life and issues close to his heart such as water conservation.
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The TV debut with twists and turns
Superstar Rajinikanth waited 43 years before making his TV debut as part of this unscripted adventure show. Speaking about his life, Rajinikanth says, “Well, yes, actually, my whole life has been a miracle. It’s a miracle! Even consider this show for example, I never thought of this, not even in my dreams that one day I’ll do a show like this for Discovery!”
The show has many challenging feats that the Superstar performs with great perseverance along with Bear, such as crossing a ravine while balancing off an iron bridge suspended 50 feet above a dried riverbed. Rajinikanth, who crosses the bridge with much élan is seen saying, “If anything goes wrong over here….it’s just a rope after all. Moreover, the iron of that bridge it is extremely hot! I couldn’t hold for long as it was hot so I had to move continuously. My God! It is really…yes! I did it!”
The intimate Rajinikanth
Shedding light on his journey as an actor who initially began his career as a bus conductor in Bangalore, the episode will feature Rajinikanth in a light that best humanizes him and depicts him the way he is in real life.
Explaininghow he keeps himself grounded while being revered by the world, Rajnikanth, says, “Yeah, once you’ve acted, it’s finished, I forget Rajinikanth. I go back to Shivaji Rao. Yeah. That’s just work life for me. When somebody reminds me “you are Rajinikanth” then I’ll be like, oh yes! I am Rajinikanth.”
The Superstar with a purpose:
Through the episode, Rajinikanth fans will witness the charming superstar’s never-dying passion to spread awareness about the need to conserve water as he embraces the challenges of the wild. Speaking about the dire need to save the world from the issues faced due to the scarcity of water, the superstar says, “He who rules the water, rules the world.” He continues,“The current situation is heart wrenching. In the world there are 2.1 billion people suffering due to water scarcity.”
Rajinikanth’s friends join the adventure
Into the Wild with Bear Grylls is an interesting new format where Rajinikanth not only gets to take on the adventure with the ace explorer Grylls but also get goodwill messages from close friends. You will have to watch the show to know more about who the friends are and what transpires?
About Into The Wild With 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. Into The Wild with Bear Grylls is produced for Discovery Communications India by The Natural Studios and Banijay Asia, where Bear Grylls, Delbert Shoopman and Deepak Dhar are Executive Producers.
About Discovery Communications India:
Discovery Communications India, country’s leading real life entertainment player, is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its portfolio of 14 channels including Discovery Channel, Discovery HD, Animal Planet, Animal Planet HD, TLC, TLC HD, Investigation Discovery, Investigation Discovery HD, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Kids, DTamil and sports channelsEurosport and Eurosport HD. From survival to natural history, wonders of science to extreme jobs, motoring to travel and lifestyle, and the latest engineering marvels to original content productions to live sporting events, each channel offers distinct must-watch programming to engage viewers across the country. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com.
About The Natural Studios:
The Natural Studios is a multi-BAFTA-winning production house for the world’s greatest adventure programming. A joint venture with Banijay Group, it is run by Co-CEO’s Bear Grylls & Delbert Shoopman, and has a footprint of global properties that have inspired and moved people to go for it in their lives and never give up. TNS shows have been watched by over 2 billion people worldwide, with an aggregated audience of over 120 million for Running Wild (US) alone. And most recently, 3.6 billion online impressions were secured when Grylls embarked on an adventure with Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
About Banijay Asia:
Banijay Group, a leading content producer and distributor, entered the Indian & South East Asian market in 2018 under the guidance of Deepak Dhar. The content creator conglomerate witnessed various associations including Salman Khan’s SK TV that recently brought back ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’, MS Dhoni’sDhoni Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. that co-produced Roar of the Lion, on Hotstar Specials and their recent collaboration with Group M’s – Motion Content Group, Wavemaker, Talpa and The Natural Studios with Bear Grylls. Apart from that, Banijay Asia has also produced various eminent shows like Ruskin Bond’s Ghost tales, Hostages, ARRived with AR Rehman, as well as region specific shows including The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (Telugu) and Divided (Tamil) amongst others.