Man vs Wild with Bear Grylls, the show needs no introduction to the people who love nature and adventures. While the survival expert has a dedicated fan base in India, his popularity in the country exponentially grew with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s feature in one of the recent episodes which was aired on 12 August 2019. Bear-Modi duo trekked 530 square kilometres of dense forest land, populated with elephants, tigers and crocodiles at Uttarakhand’s Jim Corbett National Park while the episode broke the all-time records. Reacting to the overwhelming response, Bear Grylls stated that he fell in love with Indian terrains especially the Himalayas. Adding to this, the adventure enthusiast promised that he would do more episodes in India.
While the whole world is waiting for Bear’s next episode in India, the makers of the show dropped blockbuster news which charged up the whole country. Popular movie star Rajinikanth gave a nod to join the team of ‘Man Vs Wild’ to document the chronicles of animals in Bandipur forest, Karnataka. Reportedly, the actor reached to the forest reserves on Tuesday and is now all busy shooting along with Bear Grylls.
According to the sources, the Rajini has given 4 days of his call sheets to the show organisers and the shoot has already begun from Monday evening. Talking to a leading magazine, one of the senior forest department officials stated that permission for the shooting has been given for six hours in a day for January 28 and 30. Trusted sources revealed that Bollywood Khiladi Akshay Kumar will join Bear Grylls in one of the episodes. “Shooting is scheduled to take place in non-tourism zones like Sultan Batteri highway and ranges of Mulleholle, Maddur and Kalkere ranges. The shooting will be done under special forest protection and no one will be aware of the locations,” the official said.
Reacting to the concerns from the conservationists and activists, the Karnataka forest department made it clear that either nature or the wildlife will be affected along with regular forest patrolling and fire line creation activities.