PM Modi to reveal his wild side in Bear Grylls' Man vs Wild; there’s more at play here
Bear Grylls has had several international celebrities in his popular show, ‘Man Vs Wild’, but none as surprising as Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Announcing his surprise guest, Grylls tweeted, “People across 180 countries will get to see the unknown side of PM @narendramodi as he ventures into Indian wilderness to create awareness about animal conservation & environmental change. Catch Man Vs Wild with PM Modi @DiscoveryIN on August 12 @ 9 pm. #PMModionDiscovery”.
People across 180 countries will get to see the unknown side of PM @narendramodi as he ventures into Indian wilderness to create awareness about animal conservation & environmental change. Catch Man Vs Wild with PM Modi @DiscoveryIN on August 12 @ 9 pm. #PMModionDiscovery pic.twitter.com/MW2E6aMleE— Bear Grylls (@BearGrylls) July 29, 2019
The social media savvy Prime Minister, too, urged people to get to know India’s environmental richness better by watching the show and tweeted, “India - where you find lush green forests, diverse wildlife, beautiful mountains and mighty rivers. Watching this programme will make you want to visit different parts of India and add to discourse of environmental conservation. Thanks @BearGrylls for coming here! @DiscoveryIN”.
A trailer for the programme shows Modi driving into the Jim Corbett National Park in Uttar Pradesh guided by Grylls, with images of a tiger, a herd of elephants and deer running in the distance.
The show, which will air on August 12, has stirred a lot of excitement among fans of Modi. There have been some priceless reactions on Twitter. Have a look at some:
This will undoubtedly be the most watched ManvsWild episode ever in the history of Discovery!! Looking forward to it...— Mihir Jha ✍️ (@MihirkJha) July 29, 2019
If I am not wrong, this was shot in Corbett when Pulwama happened.— Nihal Kirnalli (@NihalKirnalli) July 29, 2019
Utterly shocking and Shameful if this is the case.
Dear @BearGrylls #narendramodi denies climate change, is adamant on axeing 100k mangroves for his pet project, permitted mining on 1lakh hectares of natural forest in Chhattisgarh,projects passing through tiger reserves,— Tanmay V.S🌈🌴 (@tanmay_shinde99) July 29, 2019
How can he talk about forests, wildlife? @RandeepHooda pic.twitter.com/15YF6jNnDi
@BearGrylls I'm your huge fan. I watched all the episodes of MAN vs WILD and I'm really excited and looking forward to watch this episode too. As you did the episode with @BarackObama , I'm very excited how our PM. @narendramodi performs. I'm sure he'll gonna rock the show. 🇮🇳— Sumit Sarda 🇮🇳 (@SumitSarda2) July 29, 2019
Needless to say, memes have surfaced that highlight how the netizens feel about Modi taking to the wild on one of Discovery’s most popular shows. There is no dearth of creativity here:
Modi recently won people over by his ‘filmy’ reaction to the Tiger Census released recently, when he said, “Pehle Ek Tha Tiger, ab Tiger Zinda Hai,” borrowing two hit films of Salman Khan. He has been engaging Indians with his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio show, where he highlights several issues in the country as well as mentions about the achievements of some ingenious people.
With Bear Grylls and ‘Man Vs Wild’, the Prime Minister wants to make an impactful case for wildlife conservation in the country, along with leveraging the great marketing initiative to promote wildlife tourism in India. It will be interesting to see what kind of traction the August 12 episode of ‘Man Vs Wild’ will garner.